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Tiger is an American comic strip created by cartoonist Bud Blake. Launched May 3, 1965, the charming and well-drawn strip about a group of suburban boyhood pals was distributed by King Features Syndicate to, at its peak, about 400 newspapers worldwide. The National Cartoonists Society named Tiger best humor strip in 1970, 1978 and 2000, with an additional nomination in 1998. Blake drew the strip until he was 85, two years before his death on December 26, 2005. 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.
Cast of characters
Tiger followed a gag-a-day format, and was designed to appeal to both adults and children. It centered around a scrappy group of kindergarten-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 would retain its essentially innocent, kids' eye world view from beginning to end.
- Tiger: The unofficial gang leader was a typical, everyman kid, clad in a loose-fitting white sweatshirt with an ever-changing caption on the front, and an oversized baseball cap which covered his eyes.
- Punkinhead: Tiger's precocious kid brother, naive but occasionally insightful, who wore a red hooded sweater, sneakers with perpetually untied laces, and an incongruously long, polka-dot necktie.
- Hugo: Pudgy and none-too-bright, Tiger's best friend Hugo sported a red crewcut, a single baby tooth and an unquenchable appetite.
- Bonnie: A pushy, wisecracking neighborhood girl with black bobbed bangs and a loud, sarcastic demeanor.
- Suzy: The frequent target of Bonnie's barbs (along with Hugo), the soft-spoken Suzy wore long blonde tresses, black leotards and Mary Jane shoes.
- Julian: The smart, bespectacled neighborhood bookworm.
- Stripe: Tiger's agreeable, faithful, lazy and ever-present spotted dog.
Charlton Comics published eight issues of a comic book version from March 1970 to January 1971.
Joe Kubert, commenting after Blake's death : "I know his work and I've always enjoyed it. He was a wonderful artist and a wonderful cartoonist."