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'Cathy' Quitting After 34 Years

'Cathy' is ending after 34 years of publication. UNIVERSAL PRESS SYNDICATE hide caption

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Cartoonist Cathy Guisewite says the final Cathy strip will run Sunday, Oct.3. She cited several personal reasons in a Chicago Tribune interview and wondered how to time her exit. Cathy hit the papers in 1976, taking space alongside powerhouses such as Peanuts and Blondie, but with its own view of modern womanhood. The eponymous character stayed single for years, and drew criticism for obsessing about weight and her controlling mother.

But Guisewite did take risks. In 1988, some papers yanked strips after a pregnant character supported Democratic candidates after losing her job, because her employer didn't offer maternity leave. And who can forget the titillating title of the 1981 feature, What's A Nice Single Girl Doing With A Double Bed?