Created By: TARDIS2468 on December 23, 2012 Last Edited By: TARDIS2468 on December 24, 2012

Legacy Comic

A comic artist retires or dies and other people take over for them.

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A trope becoming more and more frequent in comics (especially newspaper ones).

The creator and artist of a comic strip has died or retired. The superiors are enjoying the comic's success and don't want the comic to end, so they hire new artists and/or writers to continue the comic in the original artist's place.

See also Outlived Its Creator and Franchise Zombie. Contrast Author Existence Failure when the artist's death kills the comic.

[[Category: Newspaper Comics]]
  • Peanuts and Krazy Kat subverted this. Prior to their deaths, Charles Schultz and George Herriman said they did not want their comics to be continued by others, and their wishes were honored. Hasn't stopped Peanuts' production of television specials and graphic novels and movies, though.
  • Garfield: Jim Davis stepped down in the 1990s (He still oversees the strip's production and management). Now produced by various people at PAWS Inc.
  • Spy vs. Spy: The creator and original artist, Antonio Prohias, retired in 1987 due to ill health (he died in 1998). It has since been continued by a variety of artists, currently Peter Kuper.
  • The Family Circus: Bil Keane's 2011 death failed to stop the strip's production. Jeff Keane, who had mostly been in charge already for the past years, simply took full control.
  • Shoe: Jeff Mac Nalley drew it from its creation in 1977 up to his death in 2000. His widow Susan, Chris Cassatt and Gary Brookins have since continued it.
  • Adam@Home is a strange example. The creator, Brian Basset, drew it from its 1984 creation up to 2009, when he decided to work full time on his other comic, Red and Rover. He gave the strip to Rob Harrell and he's been the writer and artist ever since.
  • Blondie was drawn by Chic Young until 1973, when he died and his son Dean took over. Dean has since collaborated with other artists on the strip.
  • Hägar the Horrible. Originally created by Dik Browne, taken over by his son Chris after Dik's death in 1989.
  • Sally Forth (Howard). Originally created by Greg Howard. Now produced by Craig MacIntosh and Francesco Marciuliano.
  • Averted with Li'l Abner. There were plans for a revival in the 1980s, due to the success of the Pogo comic strip being revived - objections from the estate of Al Capp however pulled the plug.
  • Some cases involve the original artist's assistant taking over the reins, should said original artist die. This happened with Popeye (Bud Sagendorf, assistant to Elzie Segar) and Moon Mullins (Ferdinand Johnson, assistant to Frank Willard).

[[Category: Comic Books]]

[[Category: Webcomics]]
  • The Original Author of TV Tropes The Webcomic abandoned it after The Great Crash arc (the end of the "Golden Age"), but it was since picked up at different times by at least three other writers.
  • The Eddsworld webcomic has been continued by Tom Ridgewell and Paul ter Voorde, since Edd Gould's 2012 death.
Community Feedback Replies: 14
  • December 23, 2012
    Mokurai
    The worst example I saw was the continuation of [[Pogo]] after Walt Kelly died. I really felt that the characters, who were drawn perfectly, were zombies.

    The [[Shoe]] comic strip has been continued by Susie Mac Nelly, the wife of the original author, Jeff Mac Nelly, and by Chris Cassatt and Gary Brookins. It does not have the zombie problem.
  • December 23, 2012
    Koveras
    • The Original Author of TV Tropes The Webcomic abandoned it after The Great Crash arc (the end of the "Golden Age"), but it was since picked up at different times by at least three other writers.
  • December 23, 2012
    Chabal2
  • December 24, 2012
    Arivne
    • Hagar The Horrible. Originally created by Dik Browne, taken over by his son Chris after Dik's death in 1989.
    • Sally Forth Howard. Originally created by Greg Howard. Now produced by Craig MacIntosh and Francesco Marciuliano.
  • December 24, 2012
    Ryusui
    Might I suggest Legacy Comic?

    For that matter, I do think Franchise Zombie ought to be renamed Legacy Franchise as well. Just because the original creator is no longer the chief creative force behind a franchise doesn't mean subsequent material sucks by default.
  • December 24, 2012
    Stratadrake
    "Zombie Strip" is a really bad title. I interpreted it two ways, neither of which was the definition and one of which ... let's not go there.
  • December 24, 2012
    SeptimusHeap
  • December 24, 2012
    StarSword
    Contrast Author Existence Failure when the artist's death kills the strip.
  • December 24, 2012
    Cider
    Or rather you should just remove the negative connotations from the description of Franchise Zombie and just leave it at a series that keeps going even though the creator has decided they want nothing more to do with it or cannot do anything more with it for whatever reason.
  • December 24, 2012
    Tuckerscreator
    If it's going to cover comic books and webcomics too, then it should be "Zombie Comic", not "Zombie Strip".
  • December 24, 2012
    Stratadrake
    ^^ Totally agree, but that's a major overhaul of the description under a name that inherently implies it's not particularly a good thing.
  • December 24, 2012
    MaxWest
    Some cases involve the original artist's assistant taking over the reins, should said original artist die. This happened with Popeye (Bud Sagendorf, assistant to Elzie Segar) and Moon Mullins (Ferdinand Johnson, assistant to Frank Willard).
  • December 24, 2012
    MaxWest
    Averted with Lil Abner. There were plans for a revival in the 1980s, due to the success of the Pogo comic strip being revived - objections from the estate of Al Capp however pulled the plug.
  • December 24, 2012
    TARDIS2468
    Alright, I've decided to take Ryusui's idea and renamed it Legacy Comic.
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