In 2009, IDW did humanity a great service: it began printing the entire run of the Bloom County comic strip. Despite its pedigree as one of the 20th century’s finest strips, it had never been collected in its entirety: the original book collections were only selected strips from the previous year. To make matters stranger, even Berkeley Breathed himself didn’t have access to every strip — he didn’t hold on to all of the originals.
December 8, 1980 was an interesting day….the world lost one legendary recording artist, but it gained a penguin. Bloom County, cited by many comic strip aficionados (like yours truly) as one of the best strips ever made, first appeared in papers the day John Lennon was shot. Its opening gag, about an old man named Major requesting Burger King serve him a burger without a bun, barely resembles what the strip would ultimately become, but as Berke explained to the New York Times in a new interview, he was winging it as he went.