Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Jeffrey Lindenblatt's Paper Trends: The Three Hundred for 1979 -- The Rookies
|Title||Number of Papers||Syndicate|
|Winnie the Pooh||46||King Features|
|The World Greatest Superheroes||34||Chicago Tribune-New York News|
|Incredible Hulk||17||Register & Tribune Syndicate|
|Conan the Barbarian||12||Register & Tribune Syndicate|
|Encyclopedia Brown||10||Universal Press Syndicate|
|Maestro & Amalita||6||Field Enterprises|
|Pavlov||5||Universal Press Syndicate|
|Tucker||5||Universal Press Syndicate|
|Title||Number of Papers||Rank Overall|
|Winnie the Pooh||46||29|
|The World Greatest Superheroes||34|
|Sam and Silo||14|
Note that many of the 1977 strips have already dropped off the top ten – feature editors had new strips on a very short leash!
Labels: Paper Trends
We at KFS were obligated to come up with X number of new strip offerings every year. A strip launch was not cheap, not at all, and every one was a gamble. It seemed to me as time went on, the risk got higher and higher as papers wouldn't take on new strips so much, and in fact were dropping some they had, and not replacing them with anything else.
So we just churned out strips that never got any traction, like "Franklin Fibbs", "The Hots" or "Grammy". In the class of new features, some titles might have a short "fad" shelf life, but there hasn't been a real runaway smash, at KFS or any other syndicate, in decades.
Joe Martin appears to self-syndicate "Mr. Boffo" and his other strips. How widespread are they?