Origins of the Sunday Comics by Peter Maresca

Origins of the Sunday Comics

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  1. barticle35

    barticle35 GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    Fascinating stuff. The kid looks like something of a lunatic.

  2. Buzza Wuzza

    Buzza Wuzza said, about 3 years ago

    football has always been organized chaos

  3. Wabbit

    Wabbit GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    this is very interesting. yaller kid looks like Alfred E Newman’s younger brother of the “what me worry” .

  4. MR. SILVER

    MR. SILVER said, about 3 years ago

    This is why comic strips have gotten progressively streamlined over the years in their designs. Cartoons are powerful and it’s a lot to take in. This image has to be viewed in context because it’s one of the first if not THE first real comic strip and is thus inherently dated. Compared to other features that were made after wards. It’s very well drafted though and I dont understand any of the writing but I do believe people in 1896 would have seen this as groundbreaking. And it’s also very cool to me because a better strip by Schultz would later borrow the basic iconic image of a bald kid in a comic strip wearing a yellow shirt. Without one we’d likely not have the other. At least not the way we’re used to.

  5. BRI-NO-MITE!!

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

    Old timers around here talk of being photographed in a goat cart when they were little.

  6. Mark

    Mark said, about 3 years ago

    @MR. SILVER

    I’m not sure why you don’t understand any of the writing. Sure, it’s purposely misspelled, but it’s not that hard to figure out.

  7. davidf42

    davidf42 said, about 3 years ago

    This is really interesting history. I didn’t know about two Yellow Kids running simultaneously. I knew that virtually the same thing happened with The Katzenjammer Kids, but not with the Yellow Kid.

  8. Logan Sackett

    Logan Sackett GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    @ Colonel Claus: From yesterday, thanks for that.

  9. Kit Walker

    Kit Walker GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    In the lower right hand corner you can see two infants fighting and tiny stars, indicating pain, flying from the impact of a punch. I wonder when the use of stars to indicate pain – or birds tweeting as they circle a head to indicate confusion brought on by head trauma – originated in cartooning. Maybe Outcault was a pioneer in this as well.

  10. Colonel Claus

    Colonel Claus said, about 3 years ago

    @Logan Sackett

    No problem, Your comment piqued my courisity and I had to stare for a while. Some of that handwriting could be said today.

  11. Colonel Claus

    Colonel Claus said, about 3 years ago

    This is great artwork… The misspelling is in the “Hogan’s Alley” dialect and is great. While I miss some of the humor, (I wasn’t around in 1896), I do enjoy the toon as a whole.
    Yes I remember the goat cart and I have a pic of me sitting on a bear that was brought through town.

  12. Kit Walker

    Kit Walker GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    The Yellow Kid’s name was Mickey Dugan. I don’t know if the name continued to stick or if he was later known only as the Yellow Kid.

  13. katina.cooper

    katina.cooper said, about 3 years ago

    Boy, these old comics must have taken up an entire page.

  14. katina.cooper

    katina.cooper said, about 3 years ago

    One more thing. Can you start printing some of these old comics on a daily basis?

  15. Attila The Voice!

    Attila The Voice! said, about 3 years ago

    The language and lingo of these comics just astounds me, did people really talked like this??

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