The comic strip depicts the candles of a menorah being extinguished one by one until the Judaic symbol is finally transformed into a cross. The strip, which can be seen on the Internet, already has disappointed and angered some readers, religious leaders and newspapers, many of which are writing about the controversy and soliciting reader feedback. The center called on newspapers to pull the Easter Sunday strip or, at the least, to condemn it editorially. Irv Rubin, head of the Jewish Defense League, was even harsher in his criticism.
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Last draw for preachy 'B. By Donald H. Two of the newspapers themselves were subjected to severe criticism from Jewish and Gentile readers for having run the controversial strip, while the third already had canceled "BC" because of the cartoonist's tendency towards proselytization. The Los Angeles Times , which declined to run the controversial strip last Sunday, has announced that it is dropping "BC" from the group of cartoons it runs regularly in its Sunday comic section. Meanwhile, the San Diego Union-Tribune said it plans to give serious consideration to either dropping the strip completely, or transferring it from the comic section to an opinion page section. Calling the Easter edition of the BC strip a "painful slight" to the Jewish community, their letter said "the strip pictures a 7-branched candelabrum known as a menorah , a symbol closely associated with Judaism. The menorah becomes more and more tarnished as each flame burns out.
Johnny Hart, 76; his comic strip ‘B.C.’ stirred complaints
Set in prehistoric times, it features a group of cavemen and anthropomorphic animals from various geologic eras. When the Herald Tribune syndicate folded in , B. After Hart's death in , the strip began being produced by Hart's grandsons Mason Mastroianni head writer and cartoonist and Mick Mastroianni writer for both B. The Mastroianni brothers also created an original strip, Dogs of C Kennel , in