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1[[quoteright:341:]]²²A [[PrintLongRunners long-running]] NewspaperComic 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 ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'', Heathcliff is a wisecracking, fat, orange cat who gets into all sorts of mischief.²²The strip is also notable in that it had ''two'' cartoons based on it. The first, in 1980, was produced by Creator/RubySpears and (in the second season) was paired up with an animated adaptation of ''ComicStrip/{{Marmaduke}}''. The second and more familiar one, produced by Creator/DICEntertainment, came in 1984, paired with the ''Catillac Cats''. Heathcliff became renowned as one of iconic voice actor {{Creator/Mel Blanc}}'s final original roles, voicing him in both cartoons.²²A film adaptation was planned for 2011 but never got off the ground.²²For more information on the second cartoon, see ''WesternAnimation/HeathcliffAndTheCatillacCats''.²²!Tropes present in the strip:²* AbhorrentAdmirer: Crazy Shirley is this to Heathcliff.²* AnimatedAdaptation: Twice.²* TheAnticipator: PlayedForLaughs where a mouse is able to sneak past a sleeping Heathcliff with ease, before getting hit with a {{rolling pin|Of Doom}} by his wife who then tells him, "Sneak by Heathcliff, but you won't sneak by me!" ²* BerserkButton: In recent comics, Heathcliff becomes upset if he's mistaken for ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}.²* BullyBulldog: Spike. Subverted in that he's no match for Heathcliff, in terms of strength and wits.²* CanonImmigrant: The Catillac Cats have made [[ two]] [[ appearances]].²* ComicBookAdaptation: 1985 to 1991 through Creator/MarvelComics, beating ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' by 27 years.²%%* CoolCat: Heathcliff²%%* DogsAreDumb: Played into the ground.²* MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext: [[ Garbage Ape]] shows up to Heathcliff's delight and knocks over the neighborhood trash cans. He makes regular appearances, with no more explanation than that. Oh, and he has a sidekick: Trash Chimp.²* NiceHat: Iggy wears a baseball cap, local bully Mugsy wears a newsboy cap and Iggy's friend Willy is shown wearing a propeller beanie.²* PrintLongRunners: 1973 and counting.²* RaisedByGrandparents: Iggy Nutmeg lives with his grandparents. We don't know anything of his parents.²* RunningGag: Heathcliff loved to torment the milkman, the ''garbage'' man and the owner of the fish market in particular.²* SitcomArchnemesis: Grandpa Nutmeg is this to Heathcliff. Spike also counts as one.²* TheSpeechless: This is how the casual reader can tell the difference between Heathcliff and [[ComicStrip/{{Garfield}} the other guy]]. Heathcliff understands language but never actually says anything. Notable in that there are talking animals in the strip, e.g. birds and mice. Curiously both cartoons subvert this by making Heathcliff even more of a mouthy wise guy than the latter (quips provided by none other than Creator/MelBlanc).²* SphereEyes²* StockAnimalDiet: Heathcliff loves eating fish and drinking milk as he does regularly steal both from the fish market and milkman.²* ThoseTwoGuys: An awful lot of the comics (which, during weekdays and Saturdays, is a single gag panel[[note]]Other comic strips that follow this format include ''ComicStrip/TheFamilyCircus'', ''ComicStrip/DennisTheMenaceUS'', and the previously mentioned ''ComicStrip/{{Marmaduke}}''.[[/note]]) seem to follow the same formula of Heathcliff doing something strange, and two random people in the background explaining what he's doing.²* [[UnnamedParent Unnamed Parents]]: Or in this case, unnamed grandparents. Iggy's are only known as "Grandma" and "Grandpa".²----


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