We don’t often have occasion to link to the comic strip musings at The Comics Curmudgeon but it happened to come up in our feed, and just as in various religions once a year a day of spiritual contemplation and cleansing is observed, so those of us who worship at the church of the comic should engage in a yearly contemplation of Mark Trail. Because THIS, this is where we come full circle and come back to THE SOURCE.

Cartoonist Jack Elrod is 86 years young and still drawing Mark Trail. May he never, ever stop.



  1. When I was a lad of the Seventies, I read every strip in the Omaha World-Herald, even the clunkers like Mary Worth, Gil Thorp, Dondi, and Love Is…

    So… Mark Trail is a clunker. But he’s still making a living at it, drawing a continuity strip. A genre that’s slowy dying as feature editors shun them.

  2. Yes Elrod has used old strips for years…I remember as a kid that me Dad , Tom Hill, drew the animals and Mark soon after Ed Dodd quit drawing in the early 50’s and that Elrod drew inanimate objects such as cars , guns ER cetera.

  3. What Jack Hill stated is true. There was an article in November 1978 in “Outdoors in Georgia” (four months after Tom Hill died) that clearly stated Tom Hill the artist of 32 years. It stated: “For more than three decades, Tom Hill entranced the young in heart of all ages with his warm, understanding, meticulous drawings of wild creatures.” The article was written by Bill Hammock. Tom Hill worked many long hours working on the Mark Trail strips at the studio and at home. I, his daughter enjoyed watching him work. He spoke & demonstrated his work at local schools when I was young.

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