Tom Wilson, creator of the Ziggy comic strip, has died at the age of 80. His death occurred on Friday, Sept. 16. Wilson had pneumonia at the time and died in his sleep. Along with Ziggy, he also created characters such as the Strawberry Shortcake and Care Bears for greeting card company American Greetings. His death is a major loss to the industry.
Speaking about her father, Wilson's daughter, Ava Wilson-Stewart, said, "He was born drawing. He thought that was the coolest thing he'd ever seen."
Tom Wilson's career began back in the mid '50s and has since bloomed into something more astounding than anyone thought possible. In 1987, he quit the Ziggy comic strip and left it in the capable hands of his son, Thomas M. Wilson II. However, throughout the years, the senior Wilson continued to be influential to the comic strip.
One of the things Wilson said about Ziggy was, "He is never really done in by anything that happens. He forges on."
Tom Wilson may have passed on, but his memory and his work will always live on. Rest in peace.