Matt Groening Pulls Plug on 'Life in Hell,' Comic That Helped Inspire The Simpsons
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.
At its peak, the strip appeared in 379, mostly alternative newspapers, its syndicator told USA Today: