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Encyclopedia > B.C. (comic)
B.C. logo in a 2005 comic strip.
B.C. logo in a 2005 comic strip.

B.C. (meaning Before Christ) is an American newspaper comic strip written and drawn by Johnny Hart. It is set in prehistoric times, featuring a group of cavemen and anthropomorphic animals from a variety of geologic eras. It is one of the longest-running strips done by its original creator, having appeared daily in newspapers since February 17, 1958. It is syndicated by Creators Syndicate. Image File history File links Comic_bc. ... Image File history File links Comic_bc. ... BC may stand for: Before Christ (see Anno Domini) : an abbreviation used to refer to a year before the beginning of the year count that starts with the supposed year of the birth of Jesus. ... This article is about the comic strip, the sequential art form as published in newspapers and on the Internet. ... Johnny Hart (born February 18, 1931 in Endicott, New York) is an American cartoonist noted for having created and drawn the comic strip B.C. which has appeared daily in newspapers since February 17, 1958. ... The term prehistory (Greek words προ = before and ιστορία = history) is usually used to describe the period before written history became available. ... A typical depiction of a caveman, as seen in a Minute Maid advertisement. ... ASIMO is an anthropomorphic robot created in 2000 by Honda. ... The table and timeline of geologic periods presented here is in accordance with the dates and nomenclature proposed by the International Commission on Stratigraphy. ... February 17 is the 48th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Richard S. Newcombe founded Creators Syndicate in 1986 in Los Angeles. ...

B.C. on the cover of an Italian anthology of his strips.
B.C. on the cover of an Italian anthology of his strips.


Image File history File linksMetadata BC_Italy. ...

Character inspiration

Hart was inspired to draw cavemen through the chance suggestion of one of his General Electric coworkers and took to the idea "because they are a combination of simplicity and the origin of ideas". The name for the strip was suggested by his wife, Bobby. Hart describes the title character as similar to himself, playing the "patsy". The other major characters—Peter, Wiley, Clumsy Carp, the Fat Broad, the Cute Chick, Curls, Thor, and Grog—were patterned after friends, a relative, and GE co-workers.[1] The animal characters include dinosaurs, ants, clams, a snake, a turtle and bird duo, and an apteryx (a flightless bird with hairy feathers, as it constantly reminds the reader, presented in the strip as being the sole surviving specimen and hence aware of its being doomed to extinction). Dry humor, prose, and devices such as Wiley's Dictionary (where common words are defined humorously with a twist) make for some of the mix of material in B.C. Example: "Rock - to cause something or someone to swing or sway, by hitting them with it!" - from an early 1967 strip. GE redirects here; for other uses, see GE (disambiguation). ... Orders & Suborders Dinosaurs were vertebrate animals that dominated the terrestrial ecosystem for over 160 million years, first appearing approximately 230 million years ago. ... Ants are one of the most successful groups of insects in the animal kingdom and are of particular interest because they are a social insect and form highly organized colonies or nests, sometimes consisting of millions of individuals. ... Maxima clam (Tridacna maxima) Clams are shelled marine or freshwater mollusks belonging to the class Bivalvia. ... Superfamilies and Families Snakes (from Old English snaca, and ultimately from the Proto-Indo-European base snag- or sneg-, to crawl), also known as ophidians, are cold blooded legless reptiles closely related to lizards, which share the order Squamata. ... Suborders Turtles are reptiles of the order Testudines (all living turtles belong to the crown group Chelonia), most of whose body is shielded by a special bony or cartilagenous shell developed from their ribs. ... Orders Many - see section below. ... Alternative meanings at Kiwi (disambiguation) Apterygidae Apteryx Species A kiwi is any of the species of small flightless birds native to New Zealand of the genus Apteryx (the only genus in family Apterygidae). ... In biology and ecology, extinction is the ceasing of existence of a species or group of taxa. ... A comedic device is used in comedy to write humor in a common structure. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ...

Clumsy Carp.
Clumsy Carp.

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Originally, the strip's setting was very firmly set in prehistoric times, with the characters clearly living in an era untouched by modernity. Typical plotlines for example including B.C.'s friend Thor (inventor of the wheel and the comb) trying to discover a use for the wheel. Other characters attempt to harness fire or to discover an unexplored territory, while B.C. usually just tries to be helpful and friendly but is often the source of humor through his naivety. However, in the 1990s and 2000s, the strip increasingly incorporated religious, social, and political commentary, reflecting the renewal of Hart's evangelical Christianity and the development of his conservative convictions. The strip now more frequently has the characters making explicit reference to modern-day current events, inventions, and celebrities which blurs the comic's supposed prehistoric setting and makes it rife with intentional anachronisms. One of the comic's early out-of-context jokes, from June 22, 1967, was this one: A driving wheel on a steam locomotive. ... This article is about the year. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The word evangelicalism usually refers to a tendency in diverse branches of conservative Christianity, typified by an emphasis on evangelism, a personal experience of conversion, biblically-oriented faith, and a belief in the relevance of Christian faith to cultural issues. ... Christianity is a monotheistic religion centered on the life and teachings of Jesus as recounted in the New Testament. ... Conservatism or political conservatism is any of several historically related political philosophies or political ideologies. ... Ongoing events • Iraqi legislative election • Bill C-38 (Same-sex marriage in Canada) • Tsunami relief Deaths in February • 5 – Gnassingbé Eyadéma • 4 – Ossie Davis • 3 – Ernst Mayr • 3 – Zurab Zhvania • 2 – Max Schmeling Recent deaths Ongoing armed conflicts • Arab-Israeli conflict • Conflict in Chechnya • Second Congo War • Conflict in Iraq... In general terms, an invention is an object, process or technique which displays an element of novelty. ... Celebrities often have a symbiotic relationship with photographers. ... Look up Anachronism in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... June 22 is the 173rd day of the year (174th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 192 days remaining. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ...

Peter: "I used to think sun revolved around the earth."
B.C.: "What does it revolve around?"
Peter: "The United States!"

Another example: near Christmas time, the apteryx dressed as Santa Claus and modified his usual spiel: "I'm an ApterClaus, a wingless toymonger with batteries not included!" Christmas is a Christian holiday held on December 25 which celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. ... A common portrayal of Santa Claus. ...

Religious aspect

Although other major syndicated strips include sociopolitical statements, B.C. is the most prominent to routinely carry overtly Christian messages, beyond seasonal references to Christmas and most notably, Easter. Like the juxtaposition of dinosaurs and humans, the statements of Christianity in a setting ostensibly "Before Christ" are not explained in the strip. (Of course, like many comics, the strip is intended to be satirical of modern life, not to be taken as literally historical). Certain B.C. characters' statements around the Christmas and Easter seasons starting in the mid-1990s—especially in March 1996—have created editorial reaction from a handful of U.S. newspapers, chiefly the Los Angeles Times, and protests from Jewish and Muslim groups. The Times initially pulled the strips it considered objectionable, and later it began placing disputed strips in the religion pages, instead of the regular comics pages.[2] This article is about the Christian festival. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... The Los Angeles Times (also known as the LA Times) is a daily newspaper published in Los Angeles, California and distributed throughout the western United States. ... The word Jew ( Hebrew: יהודי) is used in a wide number of ways, but generally refers to a follower of the Jewish faith, a child of a Jewish mother, or someone of Jewish descent with a connection to Jewish culture or ethnicity and often a combination of these attributes. ... A Muslim (Arabic: مسلم, Turkish: Müslüman, Persian: مسلمان) is an adherent of Islam. ...

Other media

The strip has been collected in various paperback books over the years, and the characters were featured in the animated television specials B.C.: The First Thanksgiving (1973) and B.C.: A Special Christmas (1981). The latter production starred the comedians Bob and Ray as the voices of Peter and Wiley, respectively. 12 frames per second is the typical rate for an animated cartoon. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Bob and Ray Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding were an American comedy duo that began in radio in 1946 with a daily 15-minute show titled Matinee With Bob and Ray. ...

B.C. was also turned into two video games for the ColecoVision: B.C.'s Quest for Tires and B.C. 2: Grog's Revenge. The ColecoVision The ColecoVision is Colecos second generation video game console, released in August 1982. ... B.C.s Quest For Tires is a computer game by Sierra On-Line for the Commodore 64, based on the famous comic strip B.C.. The game is an action game taking place on several consecutive levels. ...

Home town

Influences from B.C. are found throughout Johnny Hart's home of Broome County, New York. A PGA Tour event, The B.C. Open, takes place every July in Endicott, New York. The county parks department features a green dinosaur, and a caveman riding a wheel graces every B.C. Transit bus. In the past, Hart has also left his mark on the logos of the Broome Dusters and B.C. Icemen hockey teams. Broome County is a county located in the U.S. state of New York. ... Official language(s) None, English de facto Capital Albany Largest city New York City Area  Ranked 27th  - Total 54,520 sq. ... The PGA Tour is an organization headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, USA that operates the USAs main professional golf tours for men. ... The B.C. Open logo created by Johnny Hart. ... Endicott is a village located in Broome County, New York, USA. As of the 2000 census, the village had a total population of 13,038. ... The Broome Dusters were an ice hockey team in the North American Hockey League. ... The B.C. Icemen are a defunct member of the United Hockey League. ...


Awards include: Best Humor Strip in America, National Cartoonist Society, 1967; The Reuben, Cartoonist of the Year, National Cartoonist Society, 1968; The Yellow Kid Award, International Congress of Comics, 1970; Adamson Award, Swedish Museum of Comic Art, 1975; the Seger Award, King Features, 1981; Best Newspaper Comic Strip, National Cartoonist Society, 1989.[3]


  1. ^ http://www.ptm.org/JulHartofBC.htm
  2. ^ http://www.christianitytoday.com/tc/7r2/7r2018.html
  3. ^ http://www.creators.com/comics_Shell.cfm?pg=biography.html&comicname=bc

External links

  • Creators.com: B.C. - official site from Creators Syndicate
  • NCS Awards



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