Origins of the Sunday Comics by Peter Maresca

Origins of the Sunday Comics

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  1. Buzza Wuzza

    Buzza Wuzza said, almost 3 years ago

    What? He couldn’t squeeze a little more stuff into that drawing? How big was the original piece of paper? Does anyone know?

  2. Radish

    Radish GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    Hogan’s Alley gradually became a full-page Sunday color cartoon with the Yellow Kid as its lead character, which was also appearing several times a week.
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    Although a cartoon, the humor and social commentary in Outcault’s work was aimed at Pulitzer’s adult readership.
    The Yellow Kid’s head was drawn wholly shaved as if having been recently ridden of lice, a common sight among children in New York’s tenement ghettos at the time. His nightshirt, a hand-me-down from an older sister, was white or pale blue in the first color strips.
    The strip has been described as “… a turn-of-the-century theater of the city, in which class and racial tensions of the new urban, consumerist environment were acted out by a mischievous group of New York City kids from the wrong side of the tracks.”
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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Yellow_Kid
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    I think the kid in the lower left looks like Alfred P. Neuman.

  3. davidf42

    davidf42 said, almost 3 years ago

    Too blurry. Even on Zoom, I couldn’t read it all.

  4. Logan Sackett

    Logan Sackett GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    @davidf42

    After I zoomed it with the magnifying glass I used the zoom in Firefox about 3 or 4 times and was able to read all but the handwritten note toward the bottom. I like the busy-ness of it myself.

  5. Richard

    Richard GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    All that for a penny. Back then you were lucky if you had a penny.
    Both entertainment and social commentary.
    You are right Radish he does favor Neuman.
    The one thing to notice all the girl have shoes. Some guys do but most do not. It was not proper in those times for a girl to not have her feet covered.

  6. Colonel Claus

    Colonel Claus said, almost 3 years ago

    Its alfred E. neuman
    But the yellow Kid does bear a resemblance, or should we say Alfred E Neuman looks like The Yellow Kid?

  7. Colonel Claus

    Colonel Claus said, almost 3 years ago

    This is my decoding of the handwritten note. Words in Parentheses Im unsure of.
    I’m a (queer dictatorship)
    fron the heart of newyork
    Im the gay little dancer boy
    (Im not sweet to enjoy)
    (I dont have a clue) funny!
    I’m New York’s (verry…)
    Keep da change … (Mac)

  8. Dave The Red

    Dave The Red said, almost 3 years ago

    Yeah that kid on the bottom looks just like Alfred E. Newman, what, me worry?

  9. Cartoonacy

    Cartoonacy said, almost 3 years ago

    @Buzza Wuzza

    I don’t know the size of the original drawing; but I believe that the New York World was a broadsheet newspaper, which means that this cartoon was originally printed at about 22 × 15 inches.

  10. Karen345

    Karen345 said, almost 3 years ago

    holy Moly. Look at the detail!

  11. Karen345

    Karen345 said, almost 3 years ago

    And what are those dogs doing! LOL!

  12. Radish

    Radish GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    I meant the kid on the lower right dancing with the girl in red.
    Dyslexia strikes again.

  13. Colonel Claus

    Colonel Claus said, almost 3 years ago

    @Karen345

    Get your mind outta the gutter and look again. The dog in the dunce cap is riding the other dog horsey style

  14. Patrice

    Patrice GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    I would love to see some commentary—-it looks like there is a lot of political satire going on. Look at what the goat is saying.

  15. BRI-NO-MITE!!

    BRI-NO-MITE!! GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    I think the Yellow Kid grew up to be Mr Natural.

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