Museum fetes 200 years of cartoon canines

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — In a 1970 Beetle Bailey comedian strip, the character recognized as Sarge berates his uniform-carrying pet dog, Otto, for a paperwork mistake.

“Think, Otto, imagine!!” Sarge claims.

“We won’t be able to all be Snoopy,” a dejected Otto replies.

This confluence of two iconic comic strip puppies is on exhibit alongside with dozens of other illustrations or photos at the world’s premier cartoon museum as section of a new presentation of the heritage of canines in the world of cartooning.

“The Pet dog Clearly show: Two Hundreds of years of Canine Cartoons” at Ohio Condition University’s Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum is managing by way of Oct.


The genesis for the show arrived when the late Brad Anderson, the creator of Marmaduke, donated his collection in 2018, such as 16,000 authentic Marmaduke cartoons from 1954 to 2010, other unique art, organization correspondence, enthusiast mail and publications. That commenced a conversation about plumbing the depths of the museum’s extensive collection for canine-associated images, in accordance to museum coordinator Anne Drozd.


“There had been so a lot of comedian strips and journal cartoons and comic guides, and so quite a few distinctive examples that have canines in them,” Drozd stated. “It appeared like a no brainer to deliver all the things alongside one another in 1 concept that so numerous persons can relate to and adore.”

There are plenty of scene-stealing cats in cartoons, like Jim Davis’ Garfield and the stuffed tiger that arrives to life in Invoice Watterson’s “Calvin and Hobbes.”

But dogs’ personalities make them a fantastic in good shape for the comedian strip variety, reported exhibit curator Brian Walker.

“Dogs have that eagerness, they intention to make sure you, so they actually make definitely superior cartoon figures,” reported Walker, a cartoonist and cartoon historian and the son of Mort Walker, the creator of Beetle Bailey.