|Stars and Stripes Sunday Comics|
Of course, the form of the comic strip begins with The Glasgow Looking Glass, published in 1826 and evolves from there in different forms all around the world. In 1845, the satirical drawings, which regularly appeared in newspapers and magazines, gained a name: cartoons.
Have you ever wondered who was the first newspaper comic strip character in the United States? R.F. Outcault's work in combining speech balloons and images on Hogan's Alley and The Yellow Kid has been credited as establishing the form and conventions of the comic strip. Who is this Yellow Kid anyway?
|The Yellow Kid|
Image Source: en.wikipedia.org
The Yellow Kid was not an individual but a type. When I used to go about the slums on newspaper assignments I would encounter him often, wandering out of doorways or sitting down on dirty doorsteps. I always loved the Kid. He had a sweet character and a sunny disposition, and was generous to a fault. Malice, envy or selfishness were not traits of his, and he never lost his temper.
-Richard F. Outcault, from a 1902 interview (Source: en.wikipedia.org)
Long live the comics! Of course, the continuance of the comics depends upon whether the newspaper survives within this digital age. You can read them in e-versions but that is just NOT the same as holding a page of comics in your hands!