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Cartoon Group President, Others React to Johnny Hart's Death

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Cartoon Group President, Others React to Johnny Hart's Death

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The weekend death of "B.C."/"The Wizard of Id" creator Johnny Hart drew wide reaction across the cartooning, syndicate, and newspaper spectrum.

"He was well-loved by the National Cartoonists Society and its members and will be sorely missed," NCS President Rick Stromoski told E&P this morning. Stromoski, who does "Soup to Nutz" for United Media, added that Hart's comics "influenced a generation of cartoonists, and he'll always be remembered as one of the greats."

Hart -- a past winner of the NCS Reuben Award as cartoonist of the year -- died Saturday at his Endicott, N.Y., home from a stroke. He was 76.

Creators Syndicate Founder/President Rick Newcombe said Hart was one of the first people to move his feature to the 1987-launched CS and thus helped make the company a success. (Among the others switching to Creators back then were columnist Ann Landers and editorial cartoonist Herblock.)

Newcombe added that Hart -- whose two comics each run in more than 1,200 newspapers -- was a talented, hard-working cartoonist who was also kind and generous. …

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