First appearance: December 8th, 1980 (the first strip!). Last appearance: July 17th, 1988, recycling the artwork of May 17th, 1981. Prior to that, his last appeareance was July 17th, 1983. (Look at all those 17s!) Total number of appearances (estimate): 119. He was initially referred to (by Milo) as "Major P. Flynn" and only later becomes "Major Bloom". It's also not clear exactly when Breathed decided that he was married to Ma Bloom.