Origins of the Sunday Comics by Peter Maresca

Origins of the Sunday Comics

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  1. SKJAM!

    SKJAM! said, 8 months ago

    This country bumpkin must be a mountain child.

  2. GuiltyBystander

    GuiltyBystander said, 8 months ago

    Did every early 20th Century cartoonist write dialogue that could’ve come straight out of Peter Finley Dunne’s “Mister Dooley?” Just bookmarked this page, though…I love the old stuff.

  3. Kip W

    Kip W said, 8 months ago


    Short answer: Pretty much. Laboriously misspelled ‘funnetick’ humor was plentiful, especially in humor about the lower classes. I’m impressed by the cartoonist’s restraint, considering the apostrophes were used by the barrelful.

    “Josh Billings” was the most nigh-unreadable writer in that regard. It seemed to be his whole shtick.

  4. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 8 months ago

    This kind of writing in dialect was common place then. Not so much now. Still being used by some writers in the 1920’s & 1930’s like Howard Phillips Lovecraft.

  5. MysteryCat

    MysteryCat GoComics PRO Member said, 8 months ago

    Looks like the country bumpkin got the best of the city “angel” every time.

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