Editor's note

May 23, 2004

Today's Doonesbury comic strip contains an image that might strike some readers as inappropriate, given recent events in Iraq. The strip, which was drawn in April, contains one frame with a character's head on a platter. Cartoonist Garry Trudeau said the beheading of an American citizen, Nicholas Berg, in Iraq earlier this month now has made his previously drawn image "clearly inappropriate."

The Sun, like most newspapers, prints its Sunday comics weeks in advance of their distribution. Today's comics were printed before the distributor of Doonesbury alerted newspapers to the potentially offensive image.

"I regret the poor timing," Trudeau said, "and apologize to anyone who is offended."

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