By Mary Sollosi
Updated September 08, 2015 at 11:33 PM EDT
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Legendary cartoonist Brad Anderson, who created the comic strip Marmaduke in 1954, passed away on Aug. 30 at the age of 91.

“The world of cartooning lost one of its true luminaries last week,” the National Cartoonists Society said in a statement. The NCS honored Anderson with its Milton Caniff Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013 — one of many awards and recognitions Anderson has received in the cartooning world.

According to the NCS, Anderson sold his first cartoon during high school, to Flying Aces Magazine, when he was 15. He served in the Navy in World War II, during which time he kept drawing, and then attended Syracuse University, graduating in 1951 with a degree in advertising.

After college, he worked briefly at an advertising agency before quitting to pursue freelance cartooning. He created Marmaduke in 1954, and the comic strip has been syndicated in over 500 newspapers in 10 different countries, as well as being adapted for a feature film in 2010.

Anderson worked on the strip until his death.

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