Sunday, January 26, 2014

Morrie Turner, 1923-2014

Morrie Turner, the first nationally syndicated black cartoonist who created the comic strip "Wee Pals" has passed away.

Turner spent his entire life in Oakland, California and when he questioned why there were no minorities in newspaper comic strip, Charles Schulz, his mentor, told him to create one. "Wee Pals" debuted in 1965 and was the first comic strip to have an ethnically diverse cast featuring African Americans, Asian Americans, Mexican Americans and Native Americans among many others. "Wee Pals" was turned into a animated series in 1972 named "Kid Power." 17 episodes were made.