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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.
Even without the cuddly firepower of Snoopy, Woodstock and the rest to exploit in the mass market, he took Andy to the very top of this hugely-competitive tree, and maintained his place there alongside Schulz for over 40 years.
Achieving that level of success with a foreign strip in the vast American market makes him even more remarkable.
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.
in his day has been a wife-beater, an habitual drunk, a 40-a-day smoker, a long-term welfare scrounger, a gambler, a cheat, a bully and a liar.
Garfield, Peanuts and Blondie all claim over 2,000 titles worldwide, and Hagar The Horrible is close behind with 1,900.
Of these strips, though, neither Hagar nor Garfield can boast anything like Andys longevity, Hagar having so far racked up only 39 years and Garfield just 34.
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.
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.