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!968 Snuffy Smith Sales Kit!

The fun cover of the sales kit brochure.

A bodacious recent eBay find of mine is this 1968 Snuffy Smith Sales Brochure!  It would have been part of a sales kit that King Features Syndicate mailed out to newspapers or gave to newspaper editors personally in 1968 to encourage them to purchase the comic strip.
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Snuffy Celebrates Independence Day

I love creating comic strips with a holiday theme.  I had a lot of great reader feedback on the Snuffy Smith comic strip above which ran earlier this week on July 4, 2017.  It shows Snuffy and Loweezy celebrating Indepen-dance Day at a Fourth Of July Barn Dance.  All the comments I received were positive and everyone seemed to really enjoy this strip!  So that got me to thinking it would be fun to look back at some Snuffy Smith comic strips from Independence Days past…
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Cuzzin Harold an’ Cuzzin Don

Cuzzin Harold and Cuzzin Don are actually my friends, Harold and Don Reid of The Statler Brothers!

You may have noticed this Snuffy Smith comic strip of mine last week about Snuffy’s cousins who are a pair of great singers.  Snuffy’s talented cousins that Loweezy refers to are actually none other than my friends Harold and Don Reid of The Statler Brothers.  When I thought up the gag, I knew immediately I wanted to use them in it.  Harold and Don are both great guys who live in Virginia not too far from me. Many, many years ago when it was announced that I was going to be the cartoonist of the Barney Google and Snuffy Smith comic strip, they were among the very first people I heard from congratulating me.  We did not know each other then, but I was so surprised and humbled to hear from these country music legends whose work I had admired since I was a small child.  I could not believe it!  But, as I soon found out, the bigger they are, the nicer they are.  We have been friends ever since and often have lunch together.  I had an art exhibit of my cartoon work a few years ago and they even drove up to see it with my wife and I.  It meant a lot to me.  Although they have retired from singing now, Don is a talented author and has written many books.  He also writes an online column and he wrote about his and Harold’s appearance as Snuffy’s cousins here.
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