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Friday, May 17, 2019

Amazing Grace is... a box of Kinder Joy Toys, Lunch Boxes from McDonald's, Starbucks Tumbler & Ziggy

Did you know?

Ziggy, nameless at his conception, has been visible in some form or another since the mid-1960s. Greeting card writer Tom Wilson first drew a Ziggy-like character as an elevator operator offering political commentary in editorial cartoons, however, no one would syndicate it. Ziggy eventually appeared in an American Greetings gift book, When You're Not Around (1968) which caught the eye of Kathleen Andrews, a founder of the fledgling startup Universal Press Syndicate, which badly needed a popular comic to keep it afloat. A deal was struck, a name was given and Ziggy was born. The strip began in 15 newspapers in June 1971, and that number eventually grew to over 600 publications. Following years of preparation, in 1987 the strip was taken over by Tom Wilson's son, Tom Wilson II. Tom Wilson I died on September 21, 2011 at the age of 80. His son continues to produce the strip, as of 2018.