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ook 12th-Mar-2012 05:17 pm (UTC)
There was a similar abortion comic strip controversy in 1992, but the cartoonist in question ended up losing his job. From 1986 until he was fired in 1992, cartoonist Bobby London had a dream job: writing/drawing the daily POPEYE comic strip for King Features Syndicate. London was a huge admirer of Popeye's original creator, cartoonist E.C. Segar, and if anyone was born to carry on the Popeye comic strip, it was Bobby London. London truly loved working on the Popeye comic strip.

I was following the Popeye comic strip at the time (twenty years ago) as I was a fan of London's cartooning. In 1992, London introduced a storyline about the (then new at the time) Home Shopping Network where Olive Oyl was mistakenly sent a horribly ugly "Baby Bluto" doll. She wanted to "get rid of the baby" and a snoopy preacher walking by the window overheard Olive Oyl saying this and the preacher immediately assumed that Olive was pregnant and wanted an abortion. Readers, not seeing the humor of the situation, complained to the newspapers and London was fired a few days later.

Go here to read the strips. http://mikelynchcartoons.blogspot.com/2008/04/popeye-bobby-londons-final-weeks.html

You can see how quickly this happened. There were just a few strips that appeared after the "abortion misunderstanding" was revealed. I was dismayed to see how quickly this escalated and was really surprised at London's firing by King Features Syndicate, especially since King Features had already signed off on the "abortion misunderstanding" storyline in the first place. However, readers got upset and King Features felt they had to fire London. :(

Note: edited for clarity and some typos.
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