Should you ever actually need to mail something in 2010 — as unlikely as it seems — the US Post Office has got you covered with some comics-themed stamps.
Famed war cartoonist Bill Mauldin – subject of a magnificent retrospective by Fantagraphics last year — will be honored in March.
In July — surely timed to tie-in with the San Diego Comic-Con — there will be a salute to the Sunday Funnies featuring Beetle Bailey, Calvin and Hobbes, Dennis the Menace, Garfield, and Archie. (Click for larger image.) Yes, Archie is not a did not originate as a comic strip, but it often seems to get tied in with comic strips by those who still think comics are about “headlights” and “injury to the eye” — presumably because its timeless, family-friendly content is more in line with comic strips than books.
UPDATE: I am reminded by many in the comments and by a strongly worded email from Archie’s PR dept. that Archie is indeed a comic strip:
Also, we would like to bring attention to the fact that many of the newspaper strips are at the current “Art of Archie” exhibit at MoCCA and are in the permanent collection at the Geppi Museum.
Currently the strip, written by Craig Boldman and drawn by Fernando Ruiz, is syndicated internationally and is available on several sites including Creators Syndicate