Created by artist and naturalist Ed Dodd in 1946, Mark Trail was an environmentalist before it was fashionable to be one. Mark's mission has always been that of preserving the American wilderness, water and wildlife for future generations. The comic has been awarded more than 30 conservation awards from private organizations and government agencies, including the American Waterfowl and Wetland Association, the Georgia Wildlife Association, the National Forest Association, the National Wildlife Federation, the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Today, Mark Trail is syndicated to nearly 150 newspapers and digital news outlets worldwide.
Mark Trail is now written and drawn by Jules Rivera, the second Latina woman to become a nationally syndicated comic strip cartoonist. Jules brings her background in engineering and lifelong interest in nature and the environment to Mark's adventures.
Ed Dodd was a lover of wildlife and the American outdoors before it was fashionable to care about the environment. Born in 1902, he worked for the Boy Scouts of America before concluding that he could teach people about the world around us through comics. Thus was born Mark Trail, a nature journalist who brings us lessons about how to be better residents of the planet Earth.
Ed Dodd retired in 1978, but his legacy in the form of Mark Trail, and the millions of people who have learned to better care for their world, lives on.