Now I'm scanning pages from a book called Comic Art in America, a survey of the comic strip medium as it was up until the time it was published in 1959.
Strangely, though animation is covered, it doesn't mention all aspects of the medium. Comic books are notably absent, probably because although they were popular, they still had the stigma of only being for children, and over all we have to admit as a whole they were cruder. There are plenty of “respectable” books solely about comic books, so that makes up for it.
I'm only scanning the strips but not the text from Stephen Becker, and only the strips that are whole and not just excerpts and not pictures that are animation stills. The main problem with the book is the eyestrain and bad reproduction from some of the earlier strips, so I apologize in advance for that. Also being a black and white book, it sucks that color strips included can't be in color. Well, it's like that saying about a gift horse or something.
The caption for this cartoon is
The cartoonist's daily labors, depicted by an old master, Chip Bellew, in Harper's Weekly of January 17, 1891.
James Swinnerton's Tigers, about 1897, in the New York Journal
Again, I apologize for the book's bad reproduction.
One of the first Yellow Kids by Richard Felton Outcalt, from the World of February 16, 1896. “The Great Dog Show in M'googin Avenue”.
Happy Hooligan, Gloomy Gus, Alphonse and Gaston (Opper), Tumble Tom (Swinnerton); Foxy Grandpa and his two young friends (Bunny Schulze); and the Katzenjammer Kids with Mama (Dirks) –each character drawn by the creator.
Ed Carey's version of the Charlie Chaplin Sunday page. It was also titled Pa's Imported Son-In-Law, From the Philadelphia Press of June 18, 1916.
Rube Goldberg strikes a blow for Franco-American solidarity. He drew this in Paris in 1919.
The first Mutt and Jeff by Bud Fisher, from the San Francisco Chronicle of November 5, 1907. A landmark: the first appearance of a successful daily strip.
Al Smith. The same old Jeff, obviously.
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