Tom Wilson, the creator of Ziggy, passed away last Friday from pneumonia in Cincinnati in a nursing home where he had lived the last 8 years. He was 80.
The longtime American Greetings creative honcho launched Ziggy officially in 1971 as a syndicated strip, with the pants-less hard-luck pet-lover eventually landing in over 500 papers worldwide. His son took over the strip in 1980.
Wilson lived in Northeast Ohio for most of his life, launching his most popular creation from Brook Park.