S.D. Paper Makes Comics Changes That Include a Rare ‘Dilbert’ Drop

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By: E&P Staff

A recent reader survey led the Yankton (S.D.) Press & Dakotan to drop “Dilbert” — a strip that’s rarely canceled by newspapers.

The newspaper expressed surprise that many P&D readers had negative feelings about Scott Adams’ United Media comic, noting that it “happens to be quite popular nationally…. [But] it was something we couldn’t ignore…. If there is a huge outcry over the move, we will consider bringing it back.”

Also, the paper decided to add a story strip — and chose “Dick Tracy” by Dick Locher of Tribune Media Services. The P&D had previously run the Chester Gould-created comic for nearly 40 years until the early 1980s.

In addition, the P&D today added “Baby Blues” and “Mother Goose & Grimm.” Those King Features Syndicate strips are by Jerry Scott/Rick Kirkman and Mike Peters, respectively.

And the paper dropped “Rubes” by Leigh Rubin of Creators Syndicate and replaced it with “Bizarro” by Dan Piraro of King.

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