William Biggers dies: 'Underdog' cartoon creator 'Buck' was 85
The classic cartoon character was the caped alter-ego of a mind-mannered shoeshine boy -- make that shoe-shine canine -- who appeared any time Sweet Polly Purebred was in trouble. The character's most infamous line was "There's no need to fear; Underdog is here."
Biggers later signed on with NBC as vice president of promotion and creative services. He was also an accomplished writer, with two novels under his belt and credits in Family Circle and Reader's Digest. A friend tells the Associated Press Biggers died unexpectedly at his home on Feb. 10, 2013.
The "Underdog" characters have been passed around a bit, as far as ownership is concerned. Lorne Michaels bought the rights in 1995, then later sold to Goldenbooks. DreamWorks Animation took ownership in 2012.