Sunday, July 11, 2010

Dennis part of first Sunday Funnies stamp series

On July 16, the US Postal Service will release the first Sunday Funnies series. The stamps feature five famous strips: Beetle Baily, Garfield, Calvin & Hobbes, Archie, and Dennis the Menace. Marcus Hamilton, who has been doing the daily panels for Dennis for over 15 years, is expected to be at special ceremony in Columbus, Ohio where there is the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum.
Here is the release from the USPS about the stamps:

The Sunday Funnies stamp pane honors Archie, Beetle Bailey, Dennis the Menace, Garfield and Calvin and Hobbes. The stamps will go on sale in July.

Dennis the Menace follows the antics of Dennis Mitchell, a good-hearted but mischievous little boy who is perpetually “5-ana-half” years old. His curiosity tests the patience of his loving parents and neighbors, guaranteeing that their lives are anything but dull. The comic debuted in March 1951 as a single-panel gag.

Offering an idealized portrait of American adolescence, Archie existed only in comic-book form before debuting in newspapers in 1946. A typical small-town teenager with a knack for goofing things up, 17-year-old Archie Andrews is often torn between haughty brunette Veronica Lodge and sweet, blonde Betty Cooper.

A military strip with universal appeal, Beetle Bailey first appeared in September 1950. Possibly the laziest man in the army, Private Beetle Bailey is an expert at sleeping and avoiding work. His chronic indolence antagonizes Sergeant Orville P. Snorkel, who is tough on his men but calls them “my boys.”

Garfield first waddled onto the comics page in June 1978. Self-centered and cynical, the crabby tabby hates Mondays and loves lasagna. He lives with Jon Arbuckle, a bumbling bachelor with a fatally flawed fashion sense, and Odie, a dopey but devoted dog.

Calvin and Hobbes explores the fantasy life of 6-year-old Calvin and his tiger pal, Hobbes. The inseparable friends ponder the mysteries of the world and test the fortitude of Calvin’s parents, who never know where their son’s imagination will take him. The strip ran from November 1985 to December 1995.

Marcus will be joined by Ron Ferdinand, the artist of the Sunday installment, and Scott Ketcham, Hank Ketcham's son. Also attending will be Mort Walker from Beetle Bailey, Jim Davis from Garfiled, Craig Boldman (a writer of Archie comics), and Nancy Silberkliet, the co-CEO of Archie Comics and the daughter-in-law of Archie Comics founder,Louis Silberkleit.

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