Updated on 16 October, 2021
Over The Hedge is a famous syndicated comic strip, also written by Michael Fry. It chronicles the adventures of a hedgehog, a turtle, a raccoon and his various friends who nevertheless come to grips with their new surroundings and their surroundings as well. The title character is illustrated by Mike De Leon. This award winning comic has been on the world's comics scene for over 20 years.
Over The Hedge started out back in 1980 and ran for eleven issues. The comic won several awards during its run including five E.C. awards. It was later revived for an eleven issue series that was ongoing for a total of thirteen issues. The latest version of Over The Hedge is eleven issue long and has a prologue and a epilogue.
The early strips are very funny and contain many popular elements such as a talking raccoon, his pet squirrels, the other animals, the city council and many more. A common element is the pet store owned by the main character. He eventually becomes rich buying and selling animals but not before he has to deal with the various councilors. This comic has some great storylines. Fry managed to draw the attention of readers not only because of the funny dialogues but also for the great characters. The early strips are still very popular today.
The second series of Over The Hedge Comic strip was later known as the Golden Age of Hedgehog. It featured the second storyline where the title character (Raccoon) is under the command of Generalwarts. He is forced to work for him. He sells some products made from squirrel hides to people who buy them. He teams up with another raccoon named Spot and the two become partners in crime fighting. This comic is also well known among kids.
In the third and last of the early strips, titled the Lumpy Engine, Raccoon's best friend was a pink luby named Lucy. They worked together and saved several turtles and other species from being eaten by the hungry Lumps. Later in the comic, when Raccoon finds out that Spot is now a wealthy business man, he tries to get rid of him but ends up succeeding. After Spot leaves, Raccoon makes a wish that will result in him changing back into a luby. It is believed that the wish to change back was caused by the fact that his owner used some illegal substances on him in the past.
Many fans believe that the Lumpy Engine was not really a true story but only a setup for later stories. As time passed, other characters of the Over The Hedge Comic Strip took the place of the lumps. For instance, there was T.N. Smith who became the owner of the lumps and later on became the husband of Olive Oyl.
Several artists contributed to the Over The Hedge Comic Strip. Among them are Bill Griffiths, Bob Kane, Tom Parker, and Curt Decker. These artists made Over The Hedge a top selling comic strip and brought it to many readers and grew the popularity of the lumps. Some of the other notable Over The Hedge Characters are: the hyperactive squirrel, the wise rabbit, the wise witch, the vixen, the talking dog, the pirate, the giant, the robot, and finally the sadist. There was also a character who was a part of the strip but went missing after a few strips.
Today, you can still find a number of strips in publications. Most of these publications are geared towards children and teach lessons in math, nature, and ethics. It is even said that some of the creators of Over The Hedge loved drawing, so they were able to make this perfect comic strip. Over The Hedge continues to entertain children and adults to this day. To find out more about Over The Hedge, visit the official website.