The Takeaway: Funky Winkerbean Ages Along With Comic Creator Tom Batiuk

Comic strip "<strong>Funky Winkerbean</strong>," created by <strong>Tom Batiuk</strong>, is celebrating a profitable 40-year-run in American newspapers. The strip debuted in 1972, featuring Funky, Les and other high-school age characters. But as Batiuk got older, he decided to let the characters <strong>age</strong> along with him. And like Batiuk and other boomers, they began dealing with adult problems, too.