The First Week of Over the Hedge Started 20 Years Ago Today

Below is the first week of Over the Hedge which debuted on June 12, 1995 in about 50 papers. It’s been a LONG, strange, trip made all the more entertaining and memorable by my collaboration with the great T Lewis, illustrator of all things Hedge. Here’s to 20 more. Enjoy.




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5 responses to “The First Week of Over the Hedge Started 20 Years Ago Today

  1. oneswellfoop

    Congratulations on having one of the few things that started in 1995 that I am happy to see still alive and well 20 years later.
    But a “soft puffy human bodies” gag AND a “dog lifting leg” gag in the first week? Were the Syndicate Censors more tolerant in the ’90s or did they just not notice that your comic had started?

  2. I wonder… is it weird looking back to the beginning? OR is it nice to look back and see you started off very well? Sometimes I’m afraid to look back and see the things I wish now that I had executed better… and I’m just getting started! I can only imagine my cringe-factor IF I am looking back 10-20 years from now.

  3. thedoodlingdino

    Wow, congrats! Very cool to see the first week – thanks for sharing.

  4. m

    We who are the beneficiaries, salute you. We get to laugh.


    I enjoy my daily fix with the gang.  I would give a great deal to get hold of an old column.The guys are watching hunters talking about Yellow bellied sapsuckers or something like that, that ends with “them’s good eatin'”One of the boys replies something to the effect of “I see a pot-bellied, red-faced, cigar smokin’ hunter, and them’s good eatin'”  It was a short series of dailies about the hunters.  Any chance of finding it?Gaia Davies

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