Dik Browne 100th

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Chance Browne wrote this tribute to his father on August 11, 2017.

On this day 100 years ago the world was blessed with the arrival of my dad, Dik Browne. He was a man whose talent can only be described as supernatural: everything he created bore the stamp of his singular genius. His kindness and generosity of
 spirit inspired everyone who was lucky enough to
 meet him. His alter ego may have been a barbarian,
but he was quite possibly the most civilized man
 that ever lived. He certainly was a shining example
 of just how wonderful people can be…
Ever the best of friends, Dad!

For more about Dad and the other great cartoonists of Connecticut, check out Cullen Murphy’s excellent article in the September 2017 issue of Vanity Fair — excerpted from his book, Cartoon County: My Father and His Friends in the Golden Age of Make-Believe, due in November from Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

Dik Browne was the artist on Hi and Lois from 1954 to 1989 and created Hagar the Horrible in 1973.

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  1. I had the pleasure of seeing your dad in the seventies when Bill Kresse invited me and my older brother to the Reuben Awards at the Plaza. I attended for three years with my brother, mom and dad and Bill and Lorraine Kresse. I was amazed at how your dad looked so much like his character…I still remember that more than 40 years later. I loved Hagar the Horrible – I think everyone had their favorite comic strips – and made it part of my Sunday rotation of first reads in the funnies. I never got the chance to meet him but his work did affect me because it was so appealing to me. I did meet Burne Hogarth at the awards and he even wrote me a letter of recommendation to attend SVA in New York City. The comics and comic books really shaped my artistic development since I had no art classes in school growing up. I learned by copying and reading. After Mort Walker’s passing today I was browsing some autographs I had from those dinners ( never did get your dad’s ) and was surfing the web for info when I came upon this article. So I just thought I’d drop you a note to let you know that there are people you’ll never meet who your dad inspired. I’ve been a freelance illustrator for thirty five years now and I still remember those early days, seeing and meeting so many larger than life people who were very kind to a young teenage kid who just wanted to draw.

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