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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.

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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.

In 2017, an animated film based on the comic strip was announced and was scheduled to be released in 2019. However, the film was later delayed to 2020 and later indefinitely due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. In 2022, the film was picked up by Netflix in a handful of territories (including the US). The film features Pete Davidson as the voice of the titular character with, J. K. Simmons and David Koechner in additional roles and was released on Netflix on May 6 of that year.


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  • 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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