'For Better' Strip Is Tops in Top-100 Poll; Lynn Johnston's Feature Is One of Three Comics That Appear in 87 of America's 100 Biggest Newspapers

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WHAT COMIC RUNS in the most large newspapers?

It's "For Better or For Worse," according to a recent survey, which found that Lynn Johnston's Universal Press Syndicate strip appears in 87 of the 100 highest-circulation papers in the United States.

"Blondie" by Dean Young and Stan Drake of King Features Syndicate and "Garfield" by Jim Davis of Universal finished second and third, respectively. They also each appear in 87 of the top 100 papers, but "For Better or For Worse" has slightly more papers in the top 10.

The survey - conducted by Jeffrey Lindenblatt, publisher of The Missing Years cartoon magazine -- found that the next-most-popular comics were:

4. "Peanuts" by Charles Schulz of United Feature Syndicate, with 85 of the top 100 papers.

5. "Calvin and Hobbes," Bill Watterson, Universal, 84.

6. "Beetle Bailey," Mort Walker, King, 81.

7. "The Family Circus," Bil Keane, King, 81.

8. "Hagar the Horrible," Chris Browne, King, 80.

9. "Doonesbury," Garry Trudeau, Universal, 78. …