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Hägar the Horrible Turns Forty

Hägar the Horrible was created in 1973 by legendary cartoonist Dik Browne (1917-1989).

Dik Browne self caricature.
Dik Browne self-caricature.

Previous to Hägar, Browne had been the artist on the comic strip Hi and Lois, which started 1n 1954 and was written by cartoonist Mort Walker.

From www.coollinesartwork.com.
From www.coollinesartwork.com.

To celebrate Hägar’s fortieth year, I thought I’d post a couple of originals from my collection.

The first is by Dik Browne. I believe the inks were done by his assistant at the time, Dick Hodgins.

December 18, 1982
December 18, 1982

The second is from the cartoonist that mans the helm of the strip now, Dik Brown’s son, Chris Browne.

September 21, 1991
September 21, 1991

Chris’ inscription is in reference to the fact that I’m the colorist of the strip, and have been since about 1989. More on that here.

Coloring by Jim Keefe.
Coloring by Jim Keefe.

For much more on the Hägar the Horrible comic strip, check out Ask the Archivist on the Daily Ink blog.

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