Johnny Hart, creator of the comic strip B.C., passed away yesterday at the age of 76. According to his wife, he died from a massive stroke, as he was working at his storyboard. Hart was not only the creator of B.C., but also he co-wrote the strip The Wizard of Id with Brant Parker.
I grew up reading B.C., along with other great strips like Peanuts, Beetle Bailey, Hi and Lois, Haggar the Horrible, Blondie, Dennis the Menace, and some others that I can barely recall at this distance. While some modern strips (Calvin & Hobbes, Dilbert and Mutts come to mind) have captured my affection, most of the strips today are lacking humour. I find such strips as Cathy and Garfield more annoying than funny.
And Mr. Hart was rare in that he dared to flout the P.C., anti-Christian denizens of today's media by allowing his belief in Christianity to not only appear, but to appear as a positive force in his strips, despite pressure from editors and fringe groups of professional victims. For example, his strip for today must be read, as it accurately sums up the Easter experience.
Michelle Malkin has a wonderful tribute to Mr. Hart up on her site, as does Captain Ed Morrissey over at Captain's Quarters.
God bless you, Johnny Hart. Go in peace.
Hat tip to Captain Ed Morrissey.