By: E&P Staff
The U.S. Postal Service is honoring five of the most beloved newspaper comic strips of all time by dedicating the “Sunday Funnies” quintet of stamps today.
The 44-cent First-Class stamps honor “Archie,” “Beetle Bailey,” “Dennis the Menace,” “Garfield” and “Calvin and Hobbes.”
U.S. Postal Service Eastern Area Vice President Megan Brennan dedicated the stamps at Ohio State University, home of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum. On hand were “Beetle Bailey” creator Mort Walker; “Garfield” creator Jim Davis; “Dennis the Menace” artists Marcus Hamilton and Ron Ferdinand; “Archie Comics” newspaper strip writer Craig Goldman; and, “Calvin and Hobbes” Editor Lee Salem.
“Like stamps, comic strips often tell a story through humor, adventure, fantasy and sometimes even drama,” Brennan said in a statement. “Today, we are gathered to commemorate five of our country’s most beloved comic strips and dedicate an amazing stamp pane that represents a unique part of American culture.”
The “Archie” stamp features Archie sharing a chocolate shake with brunette Veronica Lodge on his right and blonde Betty Cooper on his left, while the “Beetle Bailey” stamp features Beetle, smiling calmly while Sarge loses his cool. The Calvin and Hobbes stamp captures the precocious six-year-old and his tiger pal in a classic pose pulling scary faces.
The “Dennis the Menace” stamp features the iconic five-year-old Dennis dressed in red coveralls and striped shirt running off to some new adventure. “The Garfield stamp features the lasagna-loving tabby posing with his dimwitted canine pal Odie.
The new stamps are available at Post Offices, at The Postal Store Website, or by calling 800-STAMP-24.