The content of McGruder's comic strip often came under fire for being politically left-wing and occasionally risque, leading to its being published in the op-ed section of many newspapers. As it gained popularity, the comic strip was picked up by the Universal Press Syndicate and made its national debut on April 19,
The comic strips have been collected into trade paperbacks:. He was the innocence and wonder that hip-hop seemed to not lose, but bury in the basement of some unnamed tenement. Drink a little, fornicate a little, and die a happy old man with no regrets.
Huey is a politically perceptive devotee of black radical ideas of the past few decades as explained in the May 4, , strip, Huey is in fact named after Black Panther Huey P. He was the dawn of social and political consciousness — a moment when all things non- or anti-political or anti-revolutionary were moral affronts. Their grandfather Robert is a firm disciplinarian, World War II veteran, and former civil rights activist who is offended by both their values and ideas.