Updated on 16 October, 2021
Marmaduke Comic is a comic strip published in the comics section of papers called the Sunday Comic. It was one of the most popular comic strips in history. Marmaduke is a comic strip centered around the Winslow household and their dog, Marmaduke, first drawn by Brad Anderson in June 1954. The comic book started life as a weekly strip, but was relaunched in December 2021, putting a new cast of characters in the Wasp's life.
The story begins in the third year of the war, when the family has been forced to leave their home. They journeyed to England, where they seek refuge at a boarding school. Marmaduke tries to control his urges of violence, but ultimately fails and kills his best friend, Billy. The comic strip focused on the daily life of the Winslow household as well as their pet, Marmaduke.
Marmaduke's popularity gained even greater heights in the early 1990s when several animation movies were made based on the comic strip. For example, the animated movie adaptation of Marmaduke was made in 1994 and starred Bill Murray as Billy, the mild mannered but loving father of Marmaduke and the owner of the comic strip shop, Bob. The success of the film prompted several more cartoons and feature films, which saw the characters become even more popular. The latest live action Marmaduke movie was a huge hit in Australia last year.
The Saturday Night Live show spoofed the comic in a memorable sketch as Kate Beckinsale as the quiet, sweet yet crazy pet owner; Alisha McShane as Marmaduke's crazy but sweet wife; and Glen Campbell as the voice of the Shrew. The show also featured the voices of John Belushi, Carrie Fisher, Michael Jackson, and David Hasselhoff. The popular TV series Saturday Night Live also had a great Marmaduke in its cast, playing the role of the obstinate Shrew. The role was played by John Belushi, who played the goofy but good-natured father of the bride-to-be in the film.
The canine comic strip became so popular that there are several web sites on the Internet that feature the canine in all his dogggie glory. You can find a site that has pictures of Marmaduke along with the family dog, Fifi, as he plays fetch with her. You can also find a site that has a bio and list of Marmaduke's best quotes. A number of websites contain a Marmaduke quote section where different celebrities have posted their own personal takes on the famous comic strip.
Although the Shrew is depicted as a mean and evil badger in the strip, other actors have provided some much needed comedy to the character. Bill Murray's Shrek appears in one of the early Marmaduke comic strips, and he turns out to be not so bad after all. The comic strip furthered the Shrew's character as an anti-hero. In one scene, Shrek calls the King of Shrek (who happens to be a caveman) to wish him a happy birthday. Princess Fiona offers her sweetheart a toothbrush with an "I love you" message, and Shrek says thank you.
There have been several movies featuring the Shrew and other characters. The very first movie to feature the character was a French animated cartoon called les Fousses de M Dynamic. It was aired in French on ARS Network and other channels in the United States and Canada. The Japanese version of the comic strip spawned the Japanese animation series known as Dragonball Z. A year later, the English version of the comic strip came to be. The cartoon became so popular in both countries that Marmaduke has become a national hero in both countries.
The popularity of Marmaduke hasn't waned since the comic strip started, and several movies and cartoons have been released to keep fans interested. The English version is still syndicated, and the United Kingdom version features a British version of Shrek and has been running for over twenty years. The comic strip has won eleven E.C. awards and numerous British Comic Awards, and is still running at times in television. Many adults in the United States follow the same antics as Shrek and his lovable dog, Fiona.