Macon resident becomes famous comic strip creator

Editor’s note: The following story is part of a feature called Home Grown in which we take a look at the people and products that have made a name for themselves well beyond our Middle Georgia borders.

Cartoonist Johnny Hart drew some of his earliest cave man characters while residing in Macon. In 1957 he created “B.C.,” a staple of American funny papers for more than four decades.

Hart, born in New York state in 1931, died there in 2007. His ties to Middle Georgia came compliments of the Air Force.

In a 2014 feature in The Telegraph, longtime columnist Ed Grisamore wrote: “Hart was a photographer for the public information office at Robins Air Force Base when he met his future wife, Bobby, at a dance on the base. She was a lab technician at the old Macon Hospital. … At one time, ‘B.C.’ appeared in more than 1,300 newspapers and reached more than 100 million readers. The Washington Post hailed Hart as ‘the most widely read writer on earth.’ ”

Hart co-created the comic strip “The Wizard of Id.”

Joe Kovac Jr.: 478-744-4397, @joekovacjr