Ed Mack was assigned by William Randolph Hearst to continue the 'Mutt and Jeff' strip after its creator Bud Fisher left the Hearst newspapers after a dispute in 1913. In addition, Mack also did his own strip, 'Sime the Simp' in 1914. After a long court fight between 1913 and 1915, Fisher reclaimed the rights to his characters, and took the strip to Bell Syndicate. This didn't end Mack's cooperation on the strip, because Fisher hired him as his assistant after winning the lawsuit. He did most of the work on the strip from the 1920s on, since Fisher enjoyed his social life much more. Mack passed away in 1932, leaving his work on 'Mutt and Jeff' to Al Smith, who continued it for the next fifty years.
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