Marvin features a precocious red-headed toddler who spends much of his time lost in his own thoughts and fantasy adventures.
Like most young children – and too many adults – Marvin is convinced that he’s the center of the universe. And as such, he believes that everything and everyone else revolves around him. He may be right. Marvin is definitely the epicenter of all the activity and chaos in his family! Marvin relegates his mom and dad, Jenny and Jeff, to the position of household staff.
Marvin has little patience on those occasions when his parents forget their social standing and actually presume to tell him what to do.
The other members of Marvin’s family include his grandparents, Bea and Roy. After losing their retirement savings and house in the 2008 recession, they moved in with Jenny and Jeff.
The Miller family wouldn’t be complete without the two canine residents: Bitsy, who considers himself to be far superior intellectually to Marvin and Junior, the grandparents’ troublemaking, angry little toy schnauzer. Finally, Marvin may have met his match!
Seen through the eyes of a chubby baby, Marvin takes a humorous peek in the window of today’s modern, extended family as they cope with life, different personalities and emotional overload all under one roof.
Awards and Distinctions:
Marvin voted “Best Comic Strip of 1982” by the Northern California Cartoon and Humor Association.
Six Marvin book collections have been published. “Marvin: A Star Is Born”; “Marvin Explains The Facts Of Life”; “Marvin: Born To Be Wild”; “Marvin: Spoil Me”; “Marvin: Shapes Up”; and “Marvin: Steps Out”.
1989: “Marvin: Baby of the Year”, an animated prime-time TV special, airs on CBS.
1996: The National Cartoonists Society presented Armstrong with the Segar Award for “extraordinary achievement and contributions to the field of cartoon art.”