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in 1957, personally writing, drawing, inking and lettering every line of the 15,000 Andy cartoons he produced over the following 40 years.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.That gives Chic a 43-year tenure, edging out Smythes 41, and Blondie a total lifespan to date of 82 years against Andys 55.
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.
Both men struck out in bravely original directions with their chosen strips, Schulz by reflecting 1950s Americas growing obsession with psycho-analysis, and Smythe by offering a brutal kitchen-sink realism many years before British film or television plucked up the courage to do so.
beats Andy on any measure you care to take, whether that be creators tenure, syndication reach, total readership, merchandising income, international sales or adaptions in other media.
strips today, it is true, syndicate to more newspapers than even Andy at his peak.
Garfield, Peanuts and Blondie all claim over 2,000 titles worldwide, and Hagar The Horrible is close behind with 1,900.
Achieving that level of success with a foreign strip in the vast American market makes him even more remarkable.