Lanford Beard
November 10, 2011 AT 07:05 PM EST

Family Circus creator Bil Keane made a lot of people’s mornings brighter with his low-key observations, subtle eye for humor, and appreciation for the innocence of children. Back in 1990, our own Ken Tucker called Family Circus “the most underrated comic strip in the country.” In light of his sad passing Tuesday, I looked through the cartoonist’s archives and picked out some of my favorites. See them below.

Family Circus debuted Feb. 29, 1960. “I never thought about a philosophy for the strip,” Keane commented in hindsight, “it developed gradually.”


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