Ripley's Believe It or Not!
|Ripley's Believe It or Not!|
|Author||Robert Ripley (1918-1949)|
Paul Frehm (1949-1978)
Walter Frehm (1978-1989)
John Graziano (1989-present)
|Syndicate||Associated Newspapers (1924–1929)|
King Features Syndicate (1930–1989)
United Feature Syndicate (1989–present)
|Original run||December 19, 1918 - present|
Ripley's Believe It or Not! is an American single-panel newspaper strip created by LeRoy Robert Ripley. It is also the starter of the entire franchise, which consists of television shows, books, and museums. When it debuted in December 1918, it was titled Champs and Chumps and was about sports. Almost a year later, Ripley began adding bizarre facts, changing the comic's subject to what it is now. It chronicles events so unusual that readers might question if they are true.