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Archie comic book, Veronica declared: 'One day, my likeness will be on a stamp.'

Yesterday, at Ohio State University, her dream came true: The U.S. Postal Service unveiled five commemorative comic-book stamps, including one featuring cohorts Veronica, Archie and Betty.

The 44-cent stamps - which went on sale yesterday online ( and at post offices nationwide - also honor Beetle Bailey, Calvin and Hobbes, Dennis the Menace and Garfield.

On hand for the unveiling at the Ohio Union Performance Hall, which drew a crowd of about 200 stamp collectors and comic enthusiasts, were Mort Walker, creator of Beetle Bailey; and Jim Davis, creator of Garfield.

After the ceremony, many in the crowd lined up to have their souvenir stamps signed by the cartoonists.

"It was well worth the trip," said Floyd Swinderman, 64, of New Philadelphia, who attended with collectors from the Tuscora Stamp Club.

Because the Postal Service releases 20 commemorative stamps a year, only 80 million copies of each are produced - quantities that typically last about three months.

In 1995, to mark the 100th anniversary of the comic strip, the agency introduced a collection of 20 comic designs from 1895 to 1945. Because the comics chosen were limited to the first 50 years, many well-known classics didn't make the cut.

This time around, the 14-member selection committee of stamp experts, designers and professors picked the comics from 50,000 suggestions for new stamps.

"We didn't want to do strips that have been around for a few years," said Terry McCaffery, manager of stamp development for the Postal Service. "We wanted strips that have longevity."

The cartoonists, he said, "were certainly elated."

"I think they felt a little slighted 20 years ago."

As the home of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, McCaffery said, OSU made an ideal site for the ceremony.

Garfield creator Davis was thrilled with the honor, he said.

"Let's not forget it was only a few years ago when, to get on a stamp, you had to be dead."

The Columbus Dispatch

My question to all of you is, what other comic strip characters would you love to see the Postal Service honor?

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Jul 17 @ 5:36PM  
Beetle Baliey was a fave!

Jul 17 @ 5:54PM  
My question to all of you is, what other comic strip characters would you love to see the Postal Service honor?


Jul 17 @ 6:34PM  
terry and the pirates from during the korean war. huntington's chorea.
that's how i read all the great classic novels, and understood them, by reading
the comic simple versions. broken down so i could make out what they were
saying. did you ever try to read the original herman melville moby dick???
baffled totally. the comic classic comic was understandable.

Jul 17 @ 7:17PM  
Calvin and Hobbes
I didn't know that.. Thanks, Shawn, my daughter is a big Calvin and Hobbes fan, so I need to get to the post office and get her a few.

Jul 17 @ 7:50PM  
Wow Straddle...someone REALLY likes you. Last time I looked at this only had 25 it's up over 200!

Jul 17 @ 9:07PM  
Wow Straddle...someone REALLY likes you. Last time I looked at this only had 25 it's up over 200!
I see that.

Jul 18 @ 11:21AM  
well we all know I love Scooby Doo

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