He never wears shoes or pants. He has a bunch of pets—including a dog, a cat, a parrot, a fish and a duck—but they often boss him around or belittle him. But despite all his chronic problems, the lovable-loser cartoon character Ziggy has been making Americans smile for 40 years. In June , Ziggy, who was originally created for greeting cards, made his debut in a one-panel, daily syndicated comic that ran in a handful of newspapers.
The frame has a glass cover and a wire hanger on the back. The comic sheet and frame are both in very good condition, as can be seen in the above illustration. Ziggy, nameless at his conception, has been visible in some form or another since the mids. Greeting card writer Tom Wilson first drew a Ziggy-like character as an elevator operator offering political commentary in editorial cartoons, however, no one would syndicate it. Ziggy eventually appeared in an American Greetings gift book, When You're Not Around which caught the eye of Kathleen Andrews, a founder of the fledgling startup Universal Press Syndicate, which badly needed a popular comic to keep it afloat. A deal was struck, a name was given and Ziggy was born. The strip began in 15 newspapers in June , and that number eventually grew to over publications.
Ziggy appeals to a basic and universal need to take things less seriously and have a little laugh at ourselves. About Tom Wilson. Tom Wilson II is the current author of the famed comic panel Ziggy. Known as America's lovable loser, Ziggy has inspired readers for decades. Serving as an island of humor in a sea of trouble, it appeals to a basic and universal need to take things less seriously and have a little laugh at ourselves.
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