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Name: John Lewis Hart                                                             
Born: 18 February 1931 Endicott, New York                                         
Died: 7 April 2007 Nineveh, New York                                             
Johnny Hart (February 18, 1931 - April 7, 2007) was an American cartoonist noted 
as the creator of the comic strip B.C. and co-creator of the strip The Wizard of 
Id. Hart was recognized with several awards, including five from the National     
Cartoonists Society, and the Swedish Adamson Award. In his later years, he       
sparked controversy by incorporating overtly Christian themes and messages into   
the strips.                                                                       
Hart's first published work was shown in Stars and Stripes while he served in     
Korea as an enlisted member of the United States Air Force, and after returning   
in 1953 he published work in magazines such as The Saturday Evening Post and     
Collier's Weekly. Hart's biggest success, B.C., was created in 1957 and began     
national daily newspapers appearances on February 17, 1958. Hart also co-created 
and wrote the comic strip The Wizard of Id, drawn by Brant Parker, which has     
been distributed since November 9, 1964.                                         
Hart died of a stroke on April 7, 2007. According to his wife, he was working at 
his drawing table at the time of his death. Brant Parker died just eight         
days later, on April 15, 2007.