Clay Aiken with Jay Leno, Hugh Hefner, and Barack Obama

Luann De Groot is a famous young lady.  She became a star on March 17, 1985 when she made her first appearance in the newspaper.  Luann was an 8th grader back in 1985 and after many years, she became a student at Pitts High School. Now, how can that be?? In the fall of 2013, the storyline made clear that Luann and her peers were seniors in high school. Would that make them around 17-years-old and preparing for college? In June, 2014, Greg and Karen Evans ran a story arc in which the high school characters attended their graduation.  As of September 3, 2014, Luann was attending college.

Luann is a comic strip character made famous by Greg Evans and in the world of comics, age just doesn’t compute.  The strip is set in the suburbs and is about Luann dealing with school, her family, friends and love interests.

Greg has included four “real-life” characters in his strip. Jay Leno, Hugh Hefner, Barack Obama, and Clay Aiken have all impacted the “life” of Luann.

Clay Drives By

Clay Drives By

In October, 2003, Evans was in Los Angeles for business.  He attended the release party for Clay Aiken‘s debut album, Measure of a Man at the Burbank Hilton on October 13th.  Along with Billboard reporter Fred Bronson, he was introduced to Clay Aiken fans and was amazed at their excitement and support.  It was this encounter that inspired Evans to come up with a storyline that included Clay Aiken.

Let’s go back a few years and enjoy a visit to Luann as she meets Clay Aiken.

December 29, 2003

December 29, 2003

December 30, 2003

December 30, 2003

December 31, 2003

December 31, 2003

January 1, 2004

January 1, 2004

Jan 2

Jan 2

Jan 3

Jan 3

Jan. 5

Jan. 5

Jan. 6

Jan. 6

  This storyline can’t help but put a smile on your face.

I wonder of Luann is still a huge fan – I bet she is!

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Comments

  1. I loved this! Great storyline, poor girl couldn’t get her friend to believe she met Clay Aiken, but what happens next? I want to know, did Clay thank her later on TV for her help? Did her friend eat crow? Thank you, musicfan for revealing this comic strip. Very interesting! Always a fan!

  2. Oh yes I DO remember this comic strip with Clay. Cutest thing EVER!!! How much fun was it to see Clay Aiken in an actual comic strip! We were all so dang excited!!

  3. I had forgotten all about this comic strip. I did cut it out and save it several years ago. Thanks for rerunning it for all of us Clay fans and giving us the back story about how it came about.

  4. In real life, if Clay Aiken almost ran over someone's dog, I bet he would be sure that person got comp tickets for his next concert, at the very least. Cute story and back story. I wondered what that Jay Leno, Hugh Hefner, Barack Obama headline was leading to, and it's cute that the Luann (and reassuring) comic strip was the common thread. Must have been written before everyone had a GPS on their phone! Sure grateful to you for these happy trips down the bypaths of memory lane!

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