Brad Anderson, creator of the “Marmaduke” cartoon strip that for more than 60 years featured the antics of a lovable Great Dane, has died. He was 91.
Anderson was born in Jamestown, New York, in 1924, and as a boy expressed an affinity for drawing. “Brad’s interest in cartooning dates back to his early childhood, when he drew popular cartoon characters to amuse himself,” according to his biography on the Universal Uclick website. He served in the Navy during World War II before graduating from Syracuse University and doing freelance work for magazines, including the Saturday Evening Post, before creating “Marmaduke” in 1954. Anderson’s son, Paul, assisted him in later years on the popular comic strip, and a 2010 “Marmaduke” film featured the voice of actor Owen Wilson as the gregarious pooch. At its peak, the comic strip appeared in more than 600 newspapers in 20 countries, according to biographical information from Anderson’s alma mater. Anderson was honored in 2013 with a lifetime achievement award from the National Cartoonists Society.