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'''''Hazel''''' is a single-panel cartoon by [[Ted Key]] about a live-in maid who works for a middle-class family. The single-panel ''Hazel'' came to Key in 1943 in a dream that he drew the next morning and sent to ''[[The Saturday Evening Post]]'', where it was accepted and began running as a regular series.<ref name=nyt>[http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/06/arts/design/06key.html?_r=1&adxnnl=1&oref=slogin&ref=obituaries&adxnnlx=1210255335-eI4U3i0bNHL9FkaFQKLVvA Weber, Bruce. "Ted Key, 95, Creator of 'Hazel' Cartoon, Is Dead"], ''[[The New York Times]]'', May 8, 2008</ref>
[[File:Hazelbook46.jpg|right|thumb|250px|The first collection of [[Ted Key]]'s ''Hazel'' cartoons, published by [[E. P. Dutton]] in 1946, sold 500,000 copies.]]
'''''Hazel''''' is a single-panel cartoon series by [[Ted Key]] about a live-in maid who works for a middle-class family. The character of Hazel came to Key in 1943 in a dream that he drew the next morning and sent to ''[[The Saturday Evening Post]]'', where it was accepted and began running as a popular, regular series.<ref name=nyt>[http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/06/arts/design/06key.html?_r=1&adxnnl=1&oref=slogin&ref=obituaries&adxnnlx=1210255335-eI4U3i0bNHL9FkaFQKLVvA Weber, Bruce. "Ted Key, 95, Creator of 'Hazel' Cartoon, Is Dead"], ''[[The New York Times]]'', May 8, 2008</ref>
 
==Characters and story==
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Key's cartoons were reprinted in a series of books, including ''Here's Hazel'' and ''All Hazel''. After the first in the series,, ''Hazel'', was published by [[E. P. Dutton]] in 1946, it sold 500,000 copies. ''[[Kirkus Reviews]]'' commented:
:Cartoons from the next to last page of ''The Saturday Evening Post'', in which Hazel, a slightly dimmed jewel of a domestic, puts her employers and their friends through their paces with no hesitation about taking the center of the stage.. Joining in their games, their parties, their conversations, their arguments, court of appeal for household decisions, intimidating the unwary, demanding-and grabbing-her rights, Hazel is certainly the least inhibited person on paper today. You may start off disliking her and her omnipresence in the household, but sooner or later one of her cracks will get you-and you'll be sold.<ref>[http://books.google.com/books?id=GIgMGwAACAAJ&dq=hazel+%22ted+key%22&lr=&as_drrb_is=q&as_minm_is=0&as_miny_is=&as_maxm_is=0&as_maxy_is=&num=100&as_brr=0 ''Kirkus Reviews'', 1946]</ref>
 
In 2008, King Features was reprinting ''Hazel'' panels in more than 50 newspapers.<ref name=king>{{cite web