Monday, April 09, 2007

Johnny Hart, RIP

Fill the glass and raise it in memory of a good man and a fine wit.
One of my favorite artists of cartoon strips has passed away over the Easter weekend. Johnny Hart, creator of B.C. and co-creator of The Wizard of Id, suffered a stroke while sitting at his drawing table.

He was uncompromising in his beliefs, and brilliant in his work. I've been a big fan of his for as long as I can remember (hence the sets of glasses and the frosted pitcher in my china cabinet).

Michelle Malkin and Ed Morrissey have the news, and some wonderful remarks on the artist and his life. Be sure to read them.

1 comment:

Bruce Robinson, Cartoonist said...

Johnny was a GREAT guy! I really appreciate and admire his stand for the Lord. I feel blessed to have known him personally and also feel blessed that he endorsed my cartoon book GOOD MEDICINE (religious "FAR SIDE"-type cartoons). Since he was a fellow Christian, I KNOW that he is with Jesus now in Paradise (ref. 1 John 5:13), since the Bible talks about a believer being present with the Lord when they are absent from the body (ref. 2 Cor. 5:8)! Please pray for his wife's (Bobby) and family's comfort at this time. He will be TRULY missed, but I look forward to the time when I can hang out with him in Heaven and reminisce about cartooning times here on earth. Johnny believed in what Jesus said in the Bible in John 3:16; "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life." I feel that upon entering Heaven, Jesus may have said to Johnny something similar to "Welcome Home, thy good and faithful servant!"