You might not know who Norman Bridwell was, but you knew his dog.

The creator and illustrator of Clifford, The Big Red Dog, has passed away. He was 86.
In a story in USA Today, his publisher told that he died in his home last Friday.

"Starting in 1963 with Clifford, the Big Red Dog, Bridwell wrote and illustrated more than 40 Clifford books, from Clifford and the Grouchy Neighbors to Clifford Goes to Hollywood. More than 120 million copies have sold worldwide, along with cartoons, a feature film, a musical, stuffed animals, key chains, posters and stickers. Images of Clifford have appeared everywhere from museums to the White House.

Bridwell is survived by his wife, Norma, their daughter, Emily Elizabeth, son, Timothy, and three grandchildren."

The late John Ritter voiced the Big Red Dog on the PBS series.

Now Heaven has Charles Schultz and Norman Bridwell. That's got to be one fine comics section.