The Lockhorns by Bunny Hoest and John Reiner
Type: Comic Panel
The Lockhorns gently pokes fun at any two people living together in committed partnerships through the antics of married couple Loretta and Leroy Lockhorn. The panel displays the foibles of both partners; their snappy repartee and witty banter belies the couple’s deep love and commitment to one another. Readers recognize the dialogue and illustrations as completely relatable — a window into their own lives or the lives of their family and friends. No matter what problems come their way, through thick and thin, through couples counselling and trips to the bar (for Leroy), Loretta and Leroy realize that they’re together “’til death do us part.” And they wouldn’t have it any other way.
With an estimated 200 million readers each week, The Lockhorns has accumulated a broad fan base, ranging from long-married couples and those merely dating to marriage counselors and people in Alcoholics Anonymous, who use her cartoons in their meetings. Bunny Hoest loves knowing that she's helping others.
The panel began in 1968 with the comic vision of prolific cartoonist Bill Hoest. With his wife, Bunny, he also produced Laugh Parade and Howard Huge for Parade magazine, Bumper Snickers for The National Inquirer and the syndicated newspaper features Agatha Crumm, What A Guy!, and Hunny Bunny’s Short Tales. Since the death of her husband in 1988, Bunny Hoest feels lucky to have been able to continue the laughter with talented artist John Reiner.
Meet the Cast of The Lockhorns
Leroy Lockhorn Leroy Lockhorn is Loretta’s loud-mouthed, leering, and loving husband. He lazily watches sports, tangles with neighbors and snarkily comments on Loretta and most other people. (He has been known to imbibe too many.) Fortunately for Loretta, Leroy’s bark is worse than his bite, and he is committed to Loretta and their partnership.
Loretta Lockhorn Loretta Lockhorn is Leroy’s ever-loving spouse, who seems unflappable as she takes in stride her husband Leroy’s perpetual sniping. She can also dish out as much as she takes! Loretta plays the piano and cooks ... both by ear. When she’s not keeping her husband out of trouble, Loretta is off to “shop ‘til she drops!”