HERMAN, a hilarious, groundbreaking cartoon that appears in hundreds of newspapers around the world, continues despite the sad passing of creator Jim Unger. Unger, who passed away in June 2012, left a legacy of over 8k HERMAN comics and a large following that continues to evolve today. To laugh, Unger passed the comedy baton to cartoonist David Weisglass and illustrator Raleigh Wood. Weisglass has worked closely with Unger on HERMAN since 1997, when Weisglass stopped working on his own syndicated comic strip, FARCUS®, to help his mentor and manage HERMAN. Unger’s outrageous humor and distinctive illustrative style have become an industry, with millions of HERMAN book collections sold in over 25 countries. Unger was born in London and moved from job to job – including a soldier, policeman, office clerk and repo before realizing his phenomenal comedic and drawing talent. In 2010, Wood joined the team to help create new Sunday bands with Waisglass and Unger. Unger told friends and family that he had never met anyone before who could draw HERMAN as, if not better than himself! Unger liked the new material, and until his death, he began to add more and more new jokes.
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While Unger wanted to publicly pay tribute to his creative partners, Weisglass and Wood strongly believed that the focus should remain on the work and its creator. The positive response from fans, friends, and the entire family of Unger was overwhelming, inspiring the creative duo to continue the work that Unger started. Raleigh and I are deeply committed to honoring Jim’s comic legacy and his original style of cartoon humor, says Weisglass. His greatest wish was for HERMAN to keep living and making us laugh. Universal Uclick brings out the best of Jim Unger’s classics. cartoons along with new HERMAN material.