‘Cathy’ Dropped as ‘Doonesbury’ Returns to ‘San Diego Union-Tribune’

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By: E&P Staff

When a Universal Press Syndicate comic that launched in the 1970s came back, another Universal strip that began in that decade was ousted.

With Garry Trudeau’s “Doonesbury” sabbatical ending today, The San Diego Union-Tribune gave readers the choice of dropping “Judge Parker,” “The Wizard of Id,” or “Cathy.”

“Our comics committee was certain ‘Judge Parker’ was a dead man,” Union-Tribune Special Sections Editor Jim Chute wrote today. “But more than 10,000 calls and 850 e-mails in response to last week’s ‘Comics Watch’ told us the judge had life in him yet. It’s Cathy who will be exiting our pages.”

Chute added that “it’s taking us longer than expected to put together the reorganized comics pages, so we’re running ‘Cathy’ one more week, and putting ‘Doonesbury’ at the bottom of the advice column for this week only.”

“Judge Parker” (King Features Syndicate) and “The Wizard of Id” (Creators Syndicate) are both “legacy” comics whose original cartoonists are dead. The strips date back to the 1950s and 1960s, respectively.

Last week’s E&P story about the Union-Tribune poll can be seen here.

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