Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Jeffrey Lindenblatt's Paper Trends: The Three Hundred for 1979 -- Biggest Gainers & Losers
|Title||Net Gained Papers|
|Hagar the Horrible||+12|
|Dennis the Menace||+9|
|Frank and Ernest||+7|
|Ben Wicks||+ 6|
Here are the top losers of the year. A few were cancelled outright, several more were on their last legs with mere months before the ax would fall. Others lose popularity for more mysterious reasons.
|Title||Net Lost Papers|
|Best Seller Showcase||-37 (feature cancelled)|
|Jeff Hawke||-15 (US version cancelled)|
|Asterix & Obelix||-14|
|Small Society||-4 (switched syndicates)|
Labels: Paper Trends
Andy Capp and Fred Bassett took root and are still running here as legacy strips. Any others?
I remember seeing just a few Asterix strips, and losing interest because they appeared to be an awkward cut-and-paste of the books I'd already read. The books seemed to do well through the original creators' lives, the latest British editions reliably turning up in local bookstores. Tintin had an American toehold with his own books and occasional animated versions -- did they ever attempt a Yankee newspaper adaptation?
Surprised Jeff Hawke got any American exposure. I enjoyed the few volumes of reprints that appeared way back when, but it seems overly grownup (as opposed to "adult") and low-key for a daily strip. And what would middle America make of a whimsical devil introducing straight sci-fi stories? Modesty Blaise was grownup AND adult, but less explicit about sex than, say, 70s vintage Garth. At that, it was still probably a bit much for comic pages increasingly skewed to G-rated comedy. Was there a short-lived spike in the 70s, or was Modesty a long, slow fade from American papers?
James Bond had a long run; still running for all I know. It evolved from slightly stodgy adaptations of the novels to original stories with flashy artwork. Did that strip maintain any American presence after the initial Bond mania passed?