...Johnny Hart, who died Saturday at age 76 while working at his home in the nearby hamlet of Nineveh. “He had a stroke,” his wife, Bobby, said Sunday. “He died at his storyboard.”First place goes to Charles Schulz:
Schulz died in Santa Rosa of a heart attack at 9:45 p.m. on February 12, 2000, at age 77. He was interred in Pleasant Hills Cemetery in Sebastopol. The last original strip ran the day after his death.I can only hope to be able to regularly produce work that long, then croak with an unfinished comic on the table.
And I hope I'm not speaking too soon after a creator's death, but let's end "B.C." honorably and not have yet another strip by a deceased artist on the comic pages. No reruns or new artists, please. Just put in some new talent that can hopefully build a legacy like these artists.