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RIP Bil Keane

I just found out that my friend Bil Keane, the legendary cartoonist and creator of The Family Circus, died yesterday of congestive heart failure at the age of 89.

Bil Keane, creator of "The Family Circus."

I just found out that my friend Bil Keane, the legendary cartoonist and creator of “The Family Circus,” died yesterday of congestive heart failure at the age of 89.

Bil started his career as a messenger fro the Philadelphia Bulletin before serving in the Army, drawing for Yank and Pacific Stars and Stripes. It’s hard to believe that Bil starting drawing the adventures of Billy, Jeffy, Dolly and P.J. all the way back in 1960. After nearly a half century of continuous publishing, Family Circus is in over 1,500 newspapers across the country.

Bil was also the president of the National Cartoonists Society from 1981 to 1983 and was the emcee of the Society’s annual awards banquet for 16 years. He was also named the Society’s Cartoonist of the Year and received the Reuben Award in 1982.

Bil’s talented son Jeff, who has been working on Family Circus for many years, will continue the legendary panel.

 

By Daryl Cagle

Daryl Cagle is the founder and owner of Cagle Cartoons, Inc. He is one of the most widely published editorial cartoonists and is also the editor of The Cagle Post.

2 replies on “RIP Bil Keane”

I wonder if on his way to heaven he jumped over a cloud, ran through a rainbow, splashed in the rain, skipped around the planets and twirled through the Pearly Gates. Yes, I bet he did ~

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