Although the comic strip will live on, it's still a blow to read that Bil Keane has died.
Keane had the talent but not the inclination to draw a sardonic, sarcastic or "pithy" cartoon. He preferred something simpler, and that served him well for the more than 50 years "the comic in a circle" endured. His son Jeff will continue drawing the comic for King Features Syndicate.
Sometimes adults complain about the silliness or simplicity of the humor of The Family Circus. Those folks used to complain about Henry or Nancy the same way. It's as though they think comics are just for them.
The naysayers would do well to remember their first experiences with the adult world of daily newspapers. Chances are they focused on those comics kids can read without the need for a grownup to interpret. If adults didn't get the joke, so much the better.
Bill Keane changed the spelling of his first name to Bil early in his cartooning career as a sort of lark with some partners in a brief publishing venture.
Fame made it permanent.