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John Pannozzi:
Here's a question that I want to investigate: is King Features Syndicate the only American comic strip syndicate around today that still publishes company-owned strips?

I'm going ignore something like the Spider-Man strip or other strips based on licensed properties for sake of this argument.

I know Peanuts and Garfield were both originally owned by United Feature Syndicate, though they have since gone back to their creators' companies.  I think Bill Watterson now owns Calvin & Hobbes, but I don't know all the details off the top of my head.

EDIT: it seems that the E.W. Scripps Company still owns some of the UFS properties, even though they outsourced the distribution to Universal Uclick:

http://www.comicsbeat.com/universal-uclick-to-syndicate-uniteds-comic-strips/

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