"Jay had planned for the inevitability of succession one day when he hired Brendan," King President T.R. "Rocky" Shepard III said in a statement. "Brendan has worked side by side with Jay for the last seven years, and brings to his new position a broad knowledge of the comics and the cartoonists we represent as well as a deep love for the art form."
Burford, who attended the School of Visual Arts in New York City, spent a year working as an editorial assistant at DC Comics before joining King in January 2000 as editorial assistant. He was later promoted to assistant editor and then associate editor.
King's comics include -- among others -- "Baby Blues," "Beetle Bailey," "Bizarro," "Blondie," "Curtis," "Dennis the Menace," "Hagar the Horrible," "Mother Goose and Grimm," "Mutts," "Rhymes With Orange," "The Amazing Spider-Man," "The Family Circus," "Zippy the Pinhead," and "Zits."
By: E&P Staff Brendan Burford has been named comics editor of King Features Syndicate, effective immediately. The appointment comes about five weeks after the death of King Editor in Chief Jay Kennedy, whose duties included overseeing comics at the syndicate.