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Requiescat in Pace, Johnny Hart

Johnny Hart, the creator of the B.C. comic strip, died Saturday at his storyboard in Endicott, New York. When I was growing up, my two favorite comic strips were B.C. and The Wizard of Id?¢‚Ǩ‚Äùboth Johnny Hart creations. They weren’t “edgy.” They didn’t have “attitude.” They were just corny fun suitable for all ages.

Hart was not afraid to express his Christian faith in his strips (see, for example, his final Easter color strip, published just yesterday), occasionally stirring controversy in doing so.

Like every other Christian who has been blessed with a public forum, he sometimes missed the mark. He could be preachy, parochial, and overly sentimental. He was definitely not politically correct! But he could also speak the truth and he wasn’t afraid to do so. And he is remembered by his fellow cartoonists one of the best.

Thank you, Johnny, for all the smiles!

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