The cover of a Momma collection
|Current status/schedule||Concluded daily & Sunday strip; reruns|
|Launch date||October 26, 1970|
|End date||July 10, 2016|
|Syndicate(s)||Publishers-Hall Syndicate (1970-1975)|
Field Newspaper Syndicate (1975-c. 1987)
Creators Syndicate (c. 1987-2016)
|Publisher(s)||Dell; Sheed, Andrews, and McMeel|
Momma was Lazarus' second strip; he had been publishing the syndicated strip Miss Peach since 1957. Debuting on October 26, 1970, Momma was initially distributed by the Publishers-Hall Syndicate, and later was handled by Creators Syndicate and published in more than 400 newspapers worldwide.
Creators Syndicate announced Momma's (and Mell Lazarus') death July 10, 2016, in a comic strip memorial that included other grieving comic strip characters.
The central character is Sonya Hobbs, a short, widowed, opinionated senior citizen mother with a controlling, nagging personality. Although Lazarus based the character on his own mother, when he showed it to her, she thought the character was based on his aunt, exclaiming, "You caught Aunt Helen to a tee!"
"Momma" has three grown children:
While Momma constantly tries to make her children feel insignificant without her, they consider her to be an emotional burden. Still, they love her in their own way as she loves them in turn.
During the course of the strip, Momma has a variety of dream sequences, which include a homeless Francis holding a cup for donations. Other dream sequences include her late husband Jerome and herself at the gates of Heaven, awaiting entrance.