How mad dance-dance-dance, all possible beverage-dope. I lost sight of the fact that on Monday night was not far away from the city and, on the contrary, already in the city? It’s like a kaleidoscope of days-nights-all-in pile. , found when he accidentally omitted one of the new teams strips from his papers March 1, 2010 edition. Particularly this comic strip, set in a foreign milieu and celebrating the life of a character whos not very likeable?The result was a flood of what he called profanity-laced attacks from readers threatening never to buy the paper again. years after that 1957 debut, then, Andy is still as unrepentantly alive as ever.That severely limits his appeal as a subject for heart-warming Christmas TV specials, childrens birthday cards or corporate branding campaigns, and yet the strip has still found its way to the very top tier of global success.the way, Smythe proved himself a far more subtle, innovative and stylish cartoonist than hes generally given credit for.
strips today, it is true, syndicate to more newspapers than even Andy at his peak.His peers have always recognised this, however, and by 1974, Smythe had won the highest awards his profession could offer on both sides of the Atlantic.Whether you look at the statistics that chart his success or the sheer skill and consistency of the strips he produced, all his British competitors are left in the dust.When he died in 1998, the strip was syndicated to 1,700 newspapers 1,000 in America alone translated into 14 languages and read by a combined audience of 250 million people in 52 countries round the world.adventures have inspired a West End musical still revived today, a UK television series starring James Bolam in the title role and a 1973 book using Andys antics to interpret the Gospels.The 47 countries where Blondie runs and 35 languages its been translated into are equally impressive.Personally, I think youd find it hard to argue that Youngs work is anything like as elegant or as funny as Smythes, but you certainly cant deny his success.His face has been used to sell not only the crisps, canned beer and homebrew kits youd expect, but also cookbooks, boxer shorts, Royal Doulton figurines, phonecards, disposable cameras and babies bibs.known as Tuffa Viktor in Sweden, Charlie Kappl in Austria and and Willi Wacker in Germany, where FC Nuremberg fans have made him their mascot.If we restrict the field to strips drawn by their original creator, Hagar drops still further out of contention, as Dik Browne died and was replaced by his son after only 16 years on the strip.leaves just Peanuts and Blondie, and here I must admit the statistics have Andy beat.In every nation, readers greet him as one of their own, as a 1960s editorial in Istanbuls have published over 4,000 new Andy Capp strips of their own since 1998, continue to enjoy a global syndication of over 1,500 titles and are currently discussing plans for an animated series on British TV.Just a few months ago, in March 2012, Andy became an unlikely spokesman for the British Governments Change4Life campaign, which sponsored a months worth of strips showing his attempts to reform.Thats a remarkable achievement for any newspaper strip, but all the more so for one thats not been able to rely on the cute children and animals of a Peanuts or a Garfield for any part of its success.