Tiger (comic strip)

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Author(s) Bud Blake
Launch dateMay 3, 1965
End date2004
Publisher(s)King Features Syndicate

Tiger was an American comic strip created by cartoonist Bud Blake. It ran from May 3, 1965 until 2004. [1]


Publication history

Launched May 3, 1965, [2] the strip about a group of suburban boyhood pals was distributed by King Features Syndicate to 400 newspapers worldwide at its peak.

Blake drew the strip until he was 85, two years before his death on December 26, 2005. Asked if he could continue to produce the strip, Blake told an interviewer, "Sure, I could keep doing it. But I can’t. I’ve had enough." [3] After Blake retired, the strip continued to appear as reprints, and as of December 2005, according to the syndicate, Tiger was running in more than 100 newspapers in 11 countries.

Characters and story

Tiger followed a gag-a-day format and was designed to appeal to both adults and children. It centered on a scrappy group of school-aged kids in an unidentified, middle-class neighborhood. Parents and teachers were occasionally referred to, but no adult was ever pictured. Tiger was told from a child's perspective and retained its innocent kids' eye world view from beginning to end.


The National Cartoonists Society named Tiger the best humor strip in 1970, 1978 and 2000, with an additional nomination in 1998.


Comics artist Joe Kubert said of Blake, "I know his work, and I've always enjoyed it. He was a wonderful artist and a wonderful cartoonist." [4]

Collections and reprints

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  1. Holtz, Allan (2012). American Newspaper Comics: An Encyclopedic Reference Guide. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press. p. 386. ISBN   9780472117567.
  2. Tiger at Don Markstein's Toonopedia. Archived from the original on June 9, 2015.
  3. ""Blake Superior: The Bud Blake Interview," Hogan's Alley #13, 2003". Archived from the original on 2013-03-12. Retrieved 2012-12-13.
  4. The Star-Ledger. "Nutley's Bud Blake, drew Tiger comic", December 30, 2005.

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