Kansas City, MO (November 16, 2023) – Andrews McMeel Syndication (AMS) will assume sales and distribution of The Lockhorns panel by Bunny Hoest and John Reiner, announced Brent Bartram, Chief Strategy Officer and General Manager of AMS. The effective date is January 1, 2024.
The witty banter and sometimes-prickly exchanges of Loretta and Leroy Lockhorn have charmed readers for more than 50 years, as Hoest and Reiner caricature relationships between people living together and feature the inherent foibles of both partners that resonates with millions of readers. Fans enjoy the daily glimpse of “living in harmony” with one’s partner in the panel, which appears in more than 400 newspapers worldwide.
Andrews McMeel Universal announced that after 55 years The Lockhorns will change distribution companies beginning January 1, 2024, moving from King Features Syndicate(KFS) to Andrews McMeel Syndication(AMS).
The wrangling couple’s daily bouts began in 1968 with the comic collaboration of prolific cartoonist Bill Hoest and his wife, Bunny…
Since the death of her husband in 1988, Bunny Hoest has been making sure the laughter of The Lockhorns lives on with the help of artist John Reiner.
above: the first panel of The Lockhorns dated September 9, 1968.
The Lockhorns is the fifth comic feature to leave KFS for AMS in the past two years.
In 2022 Baby Blues and Sherman’s Lagoon made the switch, while Mother Goose and Grimm and Crankshaft followed in 2023. All are creator owned properties.
(A link to The Lockhorns announcement will be supplied when available.)
The Lockhorns © Wm. Hoest Enterprises
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