Syracuse University Magazine

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Passings

Bradley J. Anderson '51

Brad Anderson, creator of the popular comic Marmaduke that was beloved around the globe, died on August 30, 2015. A longtime resident of Montgomery, Texas, he was 91. Anderson introduced the lovable and rambunctious Great Dane to the world in 1954 and continued to share the cartoon canine’s antics for more than 60 years. In recent years, his son Paul assisted him with the comic, which is syndicated by Universal Uclick and at its peak appeared in more than 600 newspapers in 20 countries. The big dog’s popularity led to a collection of more than 20,000 comics, two dozen books, an animated television show, and a 2010 movie.

Anderson was born in 1924 in Jamestown, New York, and took to drawing as a child, selling his first cartoon to an aviation magazine while he was still in high school and continuing to work as a freelance cartoonist, publishing in such magazines as Collier’s and the Saturday Evening Post. A World War II Navy veteran, he attended Syracuse University on the GI Bill, earned a B.F.A. degree in advertising design from the College of Visual and Performing Arts, and served as art director of the student magazine The Syracusan. In 1999, Anderson was recognized with the Arents Award, the University’s highest alumni honor. He received numerous awards throughout his career, including the National Cartoonists Society’s 1976 Reuben Award for Best Comic Panel and its 2012 Milton Caniff Lifetime Achievement Award. Anderson also put Marmaduke to work in helping a number of charities.

In a 1995 interview with Syracuse University Magazine, he shared his enthusiasm for his life as a cartoonist. “I’m glad I can make a living at the thing I enjoy doing the most—drawing cartoons,” he said.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara, and their four children, six grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.