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When Arlo and Janis Beat Calvin and Hobbes
Since we began this survey one factor has remained fixed: when an NEA strip is cancelled and the syndicate replaces it with a brand new strip, that new strip could have fewer papers than the cancelled strip.
In 1985 we’ve got the alternative; Levy’s Regulation was cancelled and changed by Arlo and Janis; the brand new strip bought into 28 papers, in comparison with 22 for the cancelled strip. That good begin, helped by being an NEA alternative, takes our honors as the highest rookie of the 12 months.
A few of you fanatics could recall that the 12 months Arlo and Janis debuted was additionally the 12 months
that Calvin and Hobbes first confirmed up. Surprise how that caricature did initially?
In third place we’ve got a strip that can turn out to be a contemporary traditional, Calvin and Hobbes (Common Press) with 14 papers.
Third place? What different strip beat Calvin and Hobbes in opening circulation numbers for 1985?
Coming in second this 12 months we’ve got Luann (Information America) with 15 papers; this strip after all will ultimately earn a spot as a perennial high strip.
Lindenblatt lists twenty strips that debuted in 1985 (20!) as a part of his survey of 300 newspapers.
Six of these strips are nonetheless round, 5 nonetheless syndicated to newspapers for print.