A long-running Newspaper Comic
begun in 1973 by George Gately. He helmed it until his 2001 death, when his nephew, Peter took over. The strip's title character is a fat orange cat owned by the Nutmeg family — an elderly woman, her husband, and their grandson Iggy. Not unlike Garfield
, Heathcliff is a wisecracking, fat, orange cat who gets into all sorts of mischief.
The strip is also notable in that it had two
cartoons based on it. The first, in 1980, was produced by Ruby-Spears
and (in the second season) was paired up with an animated adaptation of Marmaduke
. The second and more familiar one, produced by DIC Entertainment
, came in 1984, paired with the Catillac Cats
. A film adaptation was planned for 2011 but never got off the ground.
For more information on the second cartoon, see Heathcliff and the Catillac Cats
Tropes present in the strip: