Starting today, readers of The Lufkin Daily News can look forward to seeing a few new cartoons on the comics page.
‘‘Nancy’’ and ‘‘Red and Rover’’ will be appearing both daily and Sunday.
Nancy and her family and friends have become beloved icons since their first appearance in Ernie Bushmiller’s ‘‘Fritzi Ritz’’ comic strip in 1933. By 1938, Fritzi’s adopted niece was so popular the comic was renamed ‘‘Nancy.’’
Olivia Jaimes took over writing and illustration duties of the classic comic in April 2018, bringing Nancy into the world of apps, bots and social media. Nancy is all of us with tech.
“Olivia has re-energized the comic and brought new generations of fans to the strip who either didn’t know or forgot it existed,” says John Glynn, president of Andrew McMeel Syndication.
‘‘Red and Rover’’ follow the adventures of 10-year-old Red, a boy who dreams of going to space and loves baseball, and his dog Rover, a loyal friend and chaser of squirrels.
The comic strip focuses on the deep, abiding love between a boy and his dog. The duo forged their fellowship in a gentler time, when friends were forever and loyalty was unquestioned. Red and Rover have an endearing partnership that brings them — and the strip’s readers — a measure of pure delight.
Created by Brian Basset, the comic strip appeals to countless fans who appreciate the sweetness of a simpler time and its focus on friendship.
We’ve added ‘‘The Argyle Sweater’’ and ‘‘Arlo and Janis’’ to our Sunday comics page. Both strips have been fixtures on the daily page.
‘‘The Argyle Sweater’’ is where one should expect the unexpected — where animals can talk, the imaginary becomes real, and politicians tell the truth. Creator Scott Hilburn’s single-panel comic is a window into a world of humorous absurdity.
‘‘Arlo and Janis’’ is a strip by Jimmy Johnson about a couple of ’60s kids trying to keep a youthful outlook on life as they enter middle age. A warm, offbeat family comedy with an adult perspective, the strip has earned a loyal following of married couples, working parents and people who enjoy Johnson’s dry, incisive wit.
Finally, ‘‘Marmaduke’’ is America’s most lovable Great Dane. Created by Brad Anderson, the classic comic canine has delighted newspaper readers since 1954. Marmaduke lives with the Winslow family, who, try as they might, just can’t seem to get him to obey. Despite his antics, the playful pooch is top dog in the neighborhood and on the comics page, where he has endeared himself to readers in more than 20 countries.
Of course, adding comic strips means taking something away. ‘‘Nancy’’ and ‘‘Red and Rover’’ are replacing ‘‘Breaking Cat News’’ and ‘‘Hagar the Horrible’’ on both the daily and Sunday pages.
‘‘The Argyle Sweater,’’ ‘‘Arlo and Janis’’ and ‘‘Marmaduke’’ are replacing ‘‘Hi & Lois,’’ ‘‘Marvin’’ and ‘‘Mutts’’ as Sunday strips.