Sunday, January 31, 2010

Sunday Morning Cuties

One of my fondest childhood memories was waking up to the Sunday Funnies in our local newspaper. My favorites included Peanuts, Dennis the Menace, Nancy, Hi & Lois and Bil Keane's The Family Circus. According to sources, the strip began in February 1960 on the 29th (Leap Year Day!) under the title The Family Circle, but was changed to avoid confusion with the women's magazine of the same name. The single-panel daily strip appears in more than 1500 newspapers today and still tells the simple, sweet and cute stories of the Keane Family - father Bill, mother Thelma, and their tykes: Billy, Dolly, Jeffy and PJ. Grandparents sometimes appear (one is a ghost) as well pets Barfy, Sam and Kittycat.
The Sunday version of the strip breaks out of the single rounded panel and often tells a complete story through clever visuals. For more info visit The Family Circus website.

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