Creator of Long-Running Cartoon Dies

Nov 10, 2011  •  Post A Comment

The creator of a panel cartoon that has been appearing in newspapers since 1936 has died, People magazine reports.

Bil Keane, who created “Family Circus,” was 89. Keane succumbed Tuesday to congestive heart failure at his home in Paradise Valley, Ariz., the story reports.

"Family Circus" is a simple cartoon that observes the everyday life of a family. It began in 1936 in the Philadelphia Daily News, and today is in 1,500 U.S. newspapers.

In addition to overseeing the cartoon, Keane also served as president of the National Cartoonists Society from 1981-83.

In the past few years, Keane’s son Jeff has taken over the cartoon.


Bil Keane

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