Long Lived Characters

Charles Butler hannibal at thegates.fsbusiness.co.uk
Fri Mar 19 03:37:39 EST 2004


A worthy mention goes to Mary Tourtel's Rupert Bear, who has been appearing
in the Daily Express since 1920, though drawn by many hands. The longest
stint was the the thirty-year one of Alfred Bestall, 1935-65.

Charlie

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jon Noble" <jon_p_noble at yahoo.com>
To: <dwj at suberic.net>
Sent: Thursday, March 18, 2004 9:58 PM
Subject: Re: Long Lived Characters


>
> --- Nat Case <ncase at hedbergmaps.com> wrote:
> > Long lives in other media:
> >
> >
> > Given the one-author rule, here are a few
> > very-long-running comic strips, generally with a
> > continuing cast of more than one character. Only
> > one beats Jeeves and Wooster though, and that
> > isn't the creator, so I'm not sure it should
> > count (If it does, do we count James Bond's
> > career with creator Ian Fleming or his longer
> > time with filmmaker James Broccoli?).
> >
> > Barney Google, by Fred Lasswell 1942-2001 (59
> > years). Lasswell was not the creator; that was
> > Billy DeBeck in 1919.
> >
> There is one (at least) longer than this Jim Russell
> wrote "the Potts" from 1939 until his death aged 92 in
> 2001 - a record 62 years. Again he was not the
> creator, who was Stan Cross in 1920.
>
> Jon
>
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