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Insider Histories of CartooningRediscovering Forgotten Famous Comics and Their Creators$
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Robert C. Harvey

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781628461428

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2015

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781628461428.001.0001

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Preambling by the Milestones

Preambling by the Milestones

Comics Acquire Their Distinctive Lineaments

(p.13) 1. Preambling by the Milestones
Insider Histories of Cartooning

Robert C. Harvey

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter presents a timeline of the history of comics. “Comics” denote both comic books and newspaper comic strips. Until the mid-1960s, no one cared much about the ancient history of comic books. Histories of comic strips that came along did not reach back much further than Winsor McCay's Little Nemo (c. 1905–11). However, the discovery of the 1890s Yellow Kid in the mid-1990s provoked comic-strip historians to examine nineteenth-century comics and several of its predecessors. The first “sequential comic book” in the U.S. is The Adventures of Mr. Obadiah Oldbuck, which was originally published in Europe in 1937 as The Loves of Mr. Vieux Bois, and was reprinted on September 14, 1842. In 2011, Brian Walker produced the first comprehensive illustrated history of American newspaper comic strips, The Comics: The Complete Collection.

Keywords:   comics history, comic books, newspaper comic strips, Little Nemo, Yellow Kid, sequential comic book, The Adventures of Mr. Obadiah Oldbuck, The Loves of Mr. Vieux Bois, Brian Walker

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