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Comic Strip / Marmaduke

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A very long-running comic strip created in 1954 by Brad Anderson. Originally, Anderson was initially aided by Phil Leeming and later Dorothy Leeming, but he came to maintain the strip solo for many years. Eventually, he also enlisted his son Paul Anderson to help (2004 onward).

Marmaduke is a monstrous Great Dane - the comic regularly shows him at least 40 inches at the withers; the largest Great Dane was 44 inches. He's owned by Phil and Dottie Winslow, a stereotypical fifties husband and wife, and their kids, Barbara and Billy. Most of the "jokes" center on Marmaduke being big, messy, and/or thinking he's human. The strip seems to exist mainly as the target of mockery, mainly on the repetitive nature that the strip seems to be locked in.


Incredibly, a live action/CGI Marmaduke movie was released in June 2010, with Owen Wilson voicing the title character.

Brad Anderson passed away in August 2015, leaving the future of the strip in Paul's hands.

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  • Crossover: Marmaduke appeared at the beginning of a Sunday Garfield strip. As Garfield realized the fence he was painting his name on was Marmaduke's, he apologized stating "wrong strip".
  • Dog Walks You: Since Marmaduke is large even by Great Dane standards, him being able to pull his owners around is a regularly recurring gag.
  • Print Long-Runners: The strip started running in 1954. After Brad Anderson's death in 2015, strips co-drawn by his son continue to be syndicated.


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