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Bringing Up Father

Bringing Up Father was a comic strip created by George McManus that ran from January 12, 1913 to May 28, 2000. Most readers, however, called it Jiggs and Maggie, after its two main characters.
The strip was about an Irishman named Jiggs living in the United States who comes into wealth but still wants to keep his old pals, eat corned beef and cabbage, and hang out at the tavern, much to the consternation of his wife, Maggie, a social climber. McManus's sense of design and smooth lines made the strip stand out on the comics page and were influential on many other artists.
McManus was inspired by The Rising Generation, a musical comedy by William Gill that he had seen as a boy in the Grand Opera House in St. Louis, Missouri, in the late 19th Century, where his father was manager.
One of McManus's friends, restaurateur James Moore, believed he was the inspiration for the character Dinty Moore, owner of Jiggs' favorite tavern. The real Moore changed his name to Dinty and founded a real-life restaurant chain. The restaurant owner, however, did not begin the successful line of canned goods that still exists today.

George McManus

Cartoonist for the St. Louis Republic from 1899 to 1894 and the New York World from 1905, McManus drew and wrote the popular comic strip "Bringing up Father" for 41 years. It was syndicated in 750 papers, in 27 languages, and inspired seven touring companies and four films.

When McManus died in 1954 the strip continued under a number of other artists. It was expected that McManus' longtime assistant Zeke Zekley would take over the strip, but instead King Features Syndicate replaced McManus with Vernon Greene. Hal Campagna replaced Greene upon Greene's death in 1965 and Frank Johnson replaced Campagna in 1980.

In 1995, the strip was one of 20 included in the Comic Strip Classics series of commemorative US postage stamps.

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