Far Side of Moon Base

The series was preceded by a similar panel called Nature’s Way, also by Larson. Larson decided that he could increase his income from cartooning by selling his Nature’s Way strip to another newspaper. While on vacation in San Francisco, he pitched his work to the San Francisco Chronicle and, to his surprise, the Chronicle bought the strip and promoted it for syndication, renaming it The Far Side. Its first appearance was in the television pages of the Chronicle on December 31, 1979. A week later, The Seattle Times dropped Nature’s Way. The Far Side ran for fifteen years, syndicated initially by Chronicle Features and later by Universal Press Syndicate, until Larson retired with his final strip published on January 1, 1995.