Hägar the Horrible (1973)

Forty-eight years ago today, the comic strip Hägar the Horrible premiered and is still appearing in 1,900 newspapers in 56 countries and translated into 12 languages. You know it, you read or still read it.

The strip is set in the Middle Ages in an unnamed coastal village somewhere in Norway. Hägar’s Norwegian lineage was revealed at least once in a daily strip (July 18, 1984). Hamlet asks Hägar if he can tell people they’re Norwegian. Hägar replies that it isn’t necessary: “It might sound like bragging.”

Title: Hägar the Horrible
Author(s): Dik Browne (1973–88), Chris Browne (1989–present)
Launch date: February 4, 1973

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