Johnny Hart, creator of B.C. and co-creator of The Wizard of Id, died on Saturday while working on his latest strip.
My mother often tells the story of how, when I was a kid, I was such a voracious read that if the paper hadn't arrived by the time I woke up for breakfast I would read the backs of cereal boxes. But if the paper came, it was immediately grabbed and turned to the comics. B.C. may not have been my absolute favorite strip, but it was up there, and one I never missed reading. Some comics leave a lasting image in your mind whenever you think about it. Garfield laying in his bed with Jim looking over him. Dagwood always at the fridge. The comic below summarizes the image I keep in my head when I recall B.C.
Rest in peace, Johnny Hart.