Life’s Like That was a gag panel by Fred Neher which found humor in life’s foibles. Spanning five decades, the series was initially distributed by the Bell Syndicate and later by Consolidated News Features and the United Features Syndicate.

Neher had drawn a comic strip, Goofey Movies, for five years, plus sales of gag cartoons to 42 magazines, including Collier’s and The New Yorker, when the Bell Syndicate signed him on in 1934. Life’s Like That was launched October 1, 1934 and ran until 1941 but disappeared from newspapers during World War II. After the war, it returned for a run from 1945 to 1977, when Neher retired. He stopped doing the Sunday half-page in October 1972.

At its peak, Life’s Like That was published in 500 newspapers. The Sunday format gave several cartoons a free-floating grouping, with variations, including one arrangement similar to George Lichty’s Grin and Bear It, displaying several square-shaped panels with one in a circle.

42 pages/strips Life’s Like That Various



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