'Snuffy Smith' Cartoonist Dies
Cartoonist Fred Lasswell, who ran his “Snuffy Smith” comic strip uninterrupted for almost 60 years, died of a heart attack Sunday at the age of 84, reports the Associated Press. Lasswell took over the cartoon in 1942 when the strip’s originator, Billy DeBeck, died. DeBeck started the cartoon in 1919, and Lasswell began working with him in 1932. Together, the two men came up with phrases like “Time’s a wastin'” and “bodacious” for the strip’s characters. The cartoon, which originally ran as “Take Barney Google, For Instance” before it was renamed to “Barney Google and Snuffy Smith,” ran in 21 countries and 900 newspapers. Lasswell is survived by his wife, Shirley, three sons and a daughter.