Family Circus Creator Bil Keane Dead At 89

James Johnson

The first Family Circus cartoon debut on February 29, 1960 and has run continuously since that time and it will now carry-on without it's creator Bil Keane who passed away this week at the age of 89. Originally named the "Family Circle" (hence the round border around each comic) the name was changed at the request of the women's magazine which carried the same name.

In recent years Mr. Keane drew the comic which was then inked/colored by his son Jeff Keane.

The AP dug up a conversation Keane had in 1995 in which he explained why the simplicity of his comic made it stay popular for so many years:

"It's reassuring, I think, to the American public to see the same family (Billy, Jeffy, Dolly PJ and their parents)."

"We are the last frontier of good family humor," Keane said. "On radio and television, magazines and the movies, you can't tell what you're going to get. When you look at the comic page, you can usually depend on something acceptable by the entire family."

"We are the last frontier of good family humor," Keane said. "On radio and television, magazines and the movies, you can't tell what you're going to get. When you look at the comic page, you can usually depend on something acceptable by the entire family."

"We share a care for the same type of humor. We're both family men with children and look with great fondness at our families."

Our condolences go out to the Keane family.

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