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.
TMarmaduke provides examples of:
- Animated Adaptation: The 1980 Heathcliff TV series (the Ruby-Spears version, not the Heathcliff & the Catillac Cats version) featured animated Marmaduke segments as well.
- Big Friendly Dog: Marmaduke, a very large Great Dane who means well despite the mischief.
- 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.
- Early Installment Weirdness: The early comics had a very different interpretation of Marmaduke. While later depictions illustrated him as a Big Friendly Dog, the early Marmaduke was downright malicious, with him constantly making his owners' lives a living hell and being treated with fear, and in a few comics, he was implied to be intelligent. Marmaduke also had a very different design, being clean and angular rather than wobbly, and bearing a constant angry-eyebrowed frown.
- 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.