‘N&O’ Drops ‘Cathy,’ ‘Hagar,’ ‘Wizard,’ and ‘Drabble’

By: E&P Staff

The News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C., dropped several comics that have been in syndication for decades.

They include “Cathy,” “Hagar the Horrible,” “Drabble,” and “The Wizard of Id.” (That last strip had been running Sunday-only in the paper.)

The News & Observer replaced the dropped features with these newer comics: “Edge City,” “Frazz,” “Pearls Before Swine,” and “Watch Your Head.”

Public Editor Ted Vaden said the paper received more than 375 mostly unhappy comments after pulling the older strips. But he quoted News & Observer Features Editor Thad Ogburn as saying the changes were made “because you want the paper to be fresh. You don’t want to be stale. If a newspaper never changed comics, we’d still have ‘The Katzenjammer Kids’ and ‘Mutt and Jeff.'”

Vaden’s article was linked today on ComicsReporter.com.

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