The "Sunday Funnies" stamps were issued today and were kicked off with a dedication ceremony at The Ohio State University, home of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum.
The five stamps honor Archie, Beetle Bailey, Calvin and Hobbes, Dennis the Menace and Garfield, so it's fitting that the ceremony's guests include Beetle Bailey creator Mort Walker, Garfield creator Jim Davis, Dennis the Menace artists Marcus Hamilton and Ron Ferdinand, Archie newspaper strip writer Craig Goldman and Calvin and Hobbes editor Lee Salem.
Archie debuted in newspapers in 1946. A typical small-town teenager 17-year-old Archie Andrews was torn between haughty brunette Veronica Lodge and sweet, blonde Betty Cooper.
Beetle Bailey first appeared in September 1950. Possibly the laziest man in the army, Private Beetle Bailey is an expert at sleeping and avoiding work.
Dennis the Menace follows the antics of a good-hearted but mischievous little boy who is perpetually “five-ana-half” years old.
Garfield first broke onto the comics page in June 1978. The crabby tabby lives with Jon Arbuckle, a bumbling bachelor, and Odie, a dopey-but-devoted dog.
Calvin and Hobbes first broke into the comic world in 1985. It explores the life of six-year-old Calvin and his tiger pal, Hobbes. The inseparable friends pondered the mysteries of the world.
In 1995, the Postal Service issued a “Comic Strip Classics” collection in 1995 that hailed such old timers as Snoopy, Little Orphan Annie, Dick Tracy and Blondie.
Some comic fans of Doonesbury, Far Side, Dilbert, and For Better or Worse wish they had a stamp, too.
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