'Family Circus' creator Bil Keane dies at 89

Cartoonists pose with their lifesize cartoon characters at an exhibition called "Masters of Cartoon Art" at a party in celebration of King Features Syndicate Inc.'s 75th Anniversary at the World Financial Center in New York City, Dec. 12, 1990. Holding the giant pencil from left are, Mort Walker, who draws "Beetle Bailey"; Bil Keane, "Family Circus"; Dean Young, "Blondie"; and Hank Ketcham, "Dennis the Menace." (AP Photo/David Cantor)

November 9, 2011 12:21:11 PM PST
Bil Keane's "Family Circus" comics entertained readers with a simple but sublime mix of humor and traditional family values for more than a half century. The appeal endured, the author thought, because the American public needed the consistency.