While my last visit to these pages, offering a tribute to comic strip canines during the Dog Days of Summer, gained no comments from readers who also appreciate man’s best friend (what? no supporters of Marmaduke, Howard Huge, or the MetLife spokesbeagle, Snoopy?), I did hear a few remarks via e-mail from a segment of our audience — the cat-loving crowd.
Was I giving short shrift to the cartoon feline population just because my own household includes a dog, but no cats (my wife is heavily allergic — I’ve seen the results of her asthma tests)? Was I blind to the contributions the noble cat has made to comics history? Pointing out that there are no “cat days of summer” (or cat days of any part of the calendar, for that matter) did nothing to still some friendly-but-insistent voices.
So, without further ado, under the fairness doctrine that cats deserve equal billing, I offer you this tour of some of my favorite comics kitties …
Here’s hoping I’ve succeeded in giving cartoon cats their just due! But now if I hear from the bird-lover segment of our audience — oh, boy, will I be in trouble!