After seeing one of his cartoons, Simon called and offered him a job on the spot. This moment would mark the start of what would become a fruitful freelancing career. Today, Reiner is best known for his work as the illustrator for The Lockhorn s, a job he took over after its creator, Bill Hoest, passed away in But despite his tie to the beloved Long Island-based cartoon, his portfolio is extensive, including work with Marvel Comics legend, Stan Lee.
Hoest, 86, and artist John Reiner produce 11 panels weekly in about newspapers and online. Hoest spoke about her longevity and where she gets some of her ideas on Friday, Jan. Credit: Michael Owens. Every year, fans of Leroy and Loretta Lockhorn, characters in the single-panel comic, watch the cartoon couple celebrate their anniversary on Sept. That was the week of the launch," Hoest said in the Lloyd Neck home and studio where she writes and Reiner draws the cartoon.
On a much, much lesser note, on Facebook recently I was reminded of my curious childhood fascination with the misery-based comic strip The Lockhorns and joined a Facebook group that approaches the iconically terrible comic strip with the same morbid fascination and twisted nostalgia that characterizes my relationship with the strip. Like pretty much everything from my past, my relationship with The Lockhorns is permeated with sadness, lonely childhood angst and acrimony. My dad loved The Lockhorns as well as Married with Children because he felt they used the medium of comic strips and television sitcoms, respectively, to tell the truth about marriage.
None of that boring lovey-dovey stuff. With Leroy and Loretta Lockhorn it's all bickering, all the time. A sunday strip was added on April 9, It focused just on the couple themselves — no children, no next-door neighbors, no boss, etc.