Jeffrey Lindenblatt’s Paper Trends: The Three Hundred for 1982 — Rankings

Between 1981 and 1982 we lost information on 3 papers, but 3 papers returned which makes us even. The total is still 286 papers. All the 3 papers lost did not have online information for January 1982 or even the last day of 1981. They were Battle Creek Enquirer (MI), Daily News (Huntingdon, PA) and Intelligencer Journal (Lancaster, PA). All these three papers will be back for the 1983 results. The three papers that have returned are the Courier (Waterloo, IA), Del Rio News Herald (TX) and Globe-Gazette (Mason City, IA).

Four strips entered (or re-entered) the top 30 this year: one new strip (The Muppets), For Better or For Worse, Herman and Gasoline Alley, which squeaked in despite not gaining any papers. Three strips dropped out; Berry’s World, Bugs Bunny and Steve Canyon. Garfield made the biggest movement, up 11 spots to crack the Top 10. The top 14 strips all gained papers. The Top 8 stayed in the same spots but next year there will be lots of movement,  because Doonesbury starts its 22-month sabbatical, which will make for quite a shake-up.

TOP 30

Title

Place

Rank Movement

+/- Papers

Total Papers

Peanuts

1

Same

+1

202

Blondie

2

Same

+1

192

Beetle Bailey

3

Same

+3

177

Doonesbury

4

Same

+4

123

Hagar the Horrible

5

Same

+7

119

Wizard of Id

6

Same

+5

104

Andy Capp

7

Same

+4

101

B.C.

8

Same

+3

97

Family Circus

9

Up 1

+6

91

Frank & Ernest

10

Down 1

+2

90

Garfield

10

Up 11

+41

90

Hi & Lois

12

Same

+3

83

Born Loser

13

Down 2

+1

82

Dennis the Menace

14

Down 1

+2

81

Mary Worth

15

Down 1

-3

75

Shoe

16

Same

+5

73

Muppets

17

Debut

 

70

Barney Google and Sn

18

Down 3

-1

69

Rex Morgan

19

Down 1

-2

55

Nancy

20

Down 3

-7

52

Amazing Spider-Man

21

Down 2

-5

51

For Better or For Worse

21

Entering

+8

51

Marmaduke

21

Down 1

-2

51

Herman

24

Entering

+10

50

Winthrop

25

Down 2

+2

49

Eek and Meek

26

Down 5

-3

46

Alley Oop

27

Down 4

-2

45

Archie

28

Down 5

-4

43

Dick Tracy

28

Down 5

-4

43

Gasoline Alley

28

Entering top 30

0

43

Priscilla’s Pop

28

Up 2

-2

43

 

 Here are the rest of the features, ranked by number of papers.

# of Papers

Feature (paper gain or loss)

42

Heathcliff (+2)

41

Tank McNamara (-3)

40

Funky Winkerbean (-3)

39

Berry’s World (-7)

38

Bugs Bunny (-8)

36

Judge Parker (-6)

35

Tumbleweeds (-5), Ziggy (+7)

34

Tiger (-6)

33

Cathy (+4), Short Ribs (-6), Steve Canyon (-14)

32

Buz Sawyer (-3)

30

Captain Easy (-1)

27

Our Boarding House (-4)

25

Phantom (-1)

24

Apartment 3-G (-4)

23

Crock (+1)

22

Broom Hilda (-2), Kit ‘N’ Carlyle (-2), Lockhorns (-1), Mark Trail (-2), Redeye (-5), Steve Roper and Mike Nomad (-1)

21

Goosemyer (-5), They’ll Do It Every Time (-7)

19

Latigo (-2)

18

Levy’s Law (+1)

17

Kudzu (R)

16

Donald Duck (-6), Dunagin’s People (-2), Fred Basset (0), Hazel (0)

15

Bloom County (+9), Momma (-2), Ryatts (0)

14

Grin and Bear It (-6), Kerry Drake (-4), Rip Kirby (0), Small Society (-11)

13

Heart of Juliet Jones (-5), Mr. Tweedy (0), Star Wars (-16), Winnie the Pooh (-9)

12

Better Half (+1), Duffy (R), Gil Thorp (+1), Little Orphan Annie (+1)

11

Dallas (R), Far Side (+6), John Darling (-6), Motley’s Crew (0)

10

Fletcher’s Landing (0), Joe Palooka (0), Miss Peach (-4)

9

Agatha Crumm (-5), Brenda Starr (-1), Dondi (0), Graffiti (-1), Henry (-3), Le Grand Chef (R)

8

Catfish (-1), Love Is (-2), Pavlov (+1)

7

Animal Crackers (-1), Drabble (0), Ferd’nand (-2), Laff-A-Day (0), Moose Miller (-1), Ripley’s Believe It Or Not (0), Sam and Silo (-3), There Oughta Be A Law (0), Willy ‘N’ Ethal (R), Winnie Winkle (-2)

 6

Barbara Cartland’s Romance (0), Ben Swift, Retired (R), Ben Wicks (+2), Charmers (-2), Flash Gordon (0), Flintstones (-5), Gordo (-1), Guindon (+3), Hocus-Focus (+1), Lolly (+1), Nubbin (0), Trim’s Arena (+2), Wee Pals (-1)

5

A Little Leary (+1), Boner’s Ark (0), Citizen Smith (0), Girls (-3), Lone Ranger (R), Rafferty (+4), Scamp (0), Smithereens (+3), Smith Family (0), Star Trek (-4), Superheroes (-8), Wingtips (R)

4

Amy, Belvedere, Big George, Eb & Flo, Incredible Hulk, It’s Just A Game, Moon Mullins, Mr. Abernathy, Mutt and Jeff, Neighborhood, Our Fascinating Earth, Outcasts, Ponytail, Quincy, Scoops, Trudy

3

According to Guinness, Benji, Bringing Up Father, Buck Rogers, Carmichael, Charlie, Downstown, Eggheads, Graves Inc, Health Capsules, Johnny Wonder, Mickey Mouse, Playing Better Golf with Jack Nicklaus, Rivets, Sporting Life, Strictly Business, Travels With Farley, Word-A-Day, Wright Angles

2

Brother Juniper, Dr. Smock, Father’s Day, Flop Family, Gumdrop, Hang in There!, Hubert, Inside Woody Allen, Laugh Time, Mandrake the Magician, No Comment, Popeye, Pot Shots, Selling Short, Simpkins, Time Out

1

Adam’s Apple, As You Were, Benchwarmer Sports Trivia, Bernie, Brick Bradford, Ching Chow, Country Parson, Dr. Kildare, Figments, Funny Business, Hello Carol, Idea Chaser, Laffbreak, Little Woman, Lookin’ Fine, Luther, Mark Trail’s Outdoor Tips, Men and Women, Miles to Go, Modesty Blaise, Murphy’s Law, My Grandma, Norbert, Prime Time, Salt Chuck, Secret Agent Corrigan, Sonny Pew, Stan Smith’s Tennis Class, This Funny World, Vidiots, Word Play

 As always, if you would like the complete listings for the year (showing each title and which papers ran it) in a Word file, just send Allan an email with your request.

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