As a kid I used to collect a comic magazine with Mort Walker’s Beetle Bailey, and one of my favourite ‘guest strips’ was BC. Hart’s early work was synonymous with extraordiarily efficient, minimal drawings and clever sharp scripts. In recent years the quality unfortunately deteriorated steadily, as among other things, Hart made the comic strip his pulpit.
According to the BBC family members who have been helping to produce the strip in recent years, insist the series will continue.
Particularly given the fact that this is going to be done with the help of an ‘extensive computer archive of drawings to work with,’ according to PA.
Even if you momentarily disregard the fact that to produce a successfull comic strip takes immense amounts of creative talent, and simply look at it as a family business, it seems like and absurd idea.
The family should learn a few lessons from Mort Walker and Dick Browne. Highly talented collaborators whose strips in terms of quality went into terminal decline when they both inlisted their sons to take over.
It must be difficult to lay to rest a successful and widely syndicated, lucrative strip. But everything should and must come to an end. Preferably with some dignity intact.
Bill Watterson knew that when he ended the exceptional Calvin and Hoobes strip – whilst still very much on top. Gary Larson too left the crowds begging for more.
BC should be laid to rest with its creator.