Loading...
Media

Matt Groening Pulls Plug on 'Life in Hell,' Comic That Helped Inspire The Simpsons

Comments (0)

By

Wed, Jun 20, 2012 at 6:05 AM

click to enlarge simpsons_la_weekly_cover.JPG
Matt Groening pulled the plug on the iconic comic strip, "Life in Hell," that helped give birth to The Simpsons on Fox.

USA Today reports that the last of the syndicated comics was published June 15, but that reruns will be provided through July 13. The characters Binky and Sheba gave life to the "Hell-A" experience for 32 years, L.A. Weekly's own managing editor, Jill Stewart, told the the paper:

"The strip really touched into that fear and love of L.A. It told the whole story of a culture and people."

"Life in Hell," which first appeared regularly in the late alternative paper the Los Angeles Reader (where Groening worked), caught the eye of producer James L. Brooks in 1985. He invited Groening to come to Fox and help develop animation for The Tracey Ullman Show, where The Simpsons was born and ultimately was spun off.

click to enlarge life_in_hell_riots_black_thumb_550x593.jpg

At its peak, the strip appeared in 379, mostly alternative newspapers, its syndicator told USA Today:

Related Content

Now Trending

Los Angeles Concert Tickets

Slideshows

  • Here's What Happens When President Obama Comes to L.A.
    President Obama came to town again to rake in some funds and clog some traffic. The only view of his visit you probably saw were the brake lights of the car ahead of you in the traffic jam he caused, but here's what was really going on. All photos by Ted Soqui.
  • 21st Annual Classic Cars "Cruise Night" in Glendale
    On Saturday, spectators of all ages were out in multitudes on a beautiful summer night in Glendale to celebrate the 21st annual Cruise Night. Brand Boulevard, one of the main streets through downtown Glendale, was closed to traffic and lined with over 250 classic, pre-1979 cars. There was plenty of food to be had and many of the businesses on Brand stayed open late for the festivities The evening ended with fireworks and a 50th anniversary concert from The Kingsmen, who performed their ultimate party hit, "Louie, Louie." All photos by Jared Cowan.
  • The World Cup Celebrated And Mourned By Angelenos
    The World Cup has taken Los Angeles by storm. With viewings beginning at 9 a.m., soccer fans have congregated at some of the best bars in the city including The Village Idiot, Goal, The Parlour on Melrose, Big Wang's and more. Whether they're cheering for their native country, favorite players or mourning the USA's loss, Angelenos have paid close attention to the Cup, showing that soccer is becoming more than a fad. All photos by Daniel Kohn.