Reginald Smythe became a cartoonist for "The Mirror" in 1954, having spent several years doing odd jobs after leaving the army. Three years later, he began drawing "Andy Capp," featuring characters based on his parents, Andy and Florrie. "Andy Capp" came to America in 1963, and is now syndicated in more than 50 countries. Smythe received the National Cartoonist Society Award for Humor Comic Strip in 1974. In 1998, he died of lung cancer, and his comic strip is now being carried on by a new generation of writers and artists.