The modern newspaper strip was born in the heat of rivalry between giants of the American press. The Yellow Kid , set in a large single scene, not a narrative strip, was the first continuous comic character in the United States. Outcault established earthy, strictly urban farce as the keynote of the early American strip, which thereafter grew in sophistication and sentimentality. The Yellow Kid also standardized the speech balloon, which had largely fallen into disuse since the 17th century and its occasional appearance in the English caricatural strip about In Rudolph Dirks , at the instigation of Hearst, who as a child had enjoyed the work of Busch, worked up a strip based on Max and Moritz , called the Katzenjammer Kids , which proved an instant success.
The Colorful History of Comic Books and Newspaper Cartoon Strips
A comic strip is a sequence of drawings , often cartoon , arranged in interrelated panels to display brief humor or form a narrative, often serialized , with text in balloons and captions. Traditionally, throughout the 20th and into the 21st century, these have been published in newspapers and magazines , with daily horizontal strips printed in black-and-white in newspapers, while Sunday papers offered longer sequences in special color comics sections. With the advent of the internet, online comic strips began to appear as webcomics. Strips are written and drawn by a comics artist, known as a cartoonist. As the word "comic" implies, strips are frequently humorous. In the late s, comic strips expanded from their mirthful origins to feature adventure stories , as seen in Popeye , Captain Easy , Buck Rogers , Tarzan , and Terry and the Pirates.
The first half of the 20th century: the evolution of the form
The comic strip has been an essential part of the American newspaper since its first appearance more than years ago. Newspaper comics—often called the "funnies" or the "funny pages"—quickly became a popular form of entertainment. Characters like Charlie Brown, Garfield, Blondie, and Dagwood became celebrities in their own right, entertaining generations of people young and old. Comics did exist before the strips in newspapers that may first come to mind when you think of the medium. Satirical illustrations often with a political bent and caricatures of famous people became popular in Europe in the early s.
A comic strip is a drawing or sequence of drawings that tells a story. Written and drawn by a cartoonist , such strips are published on a recurring basis usually daily or weekly in newspapers and on the Internet. In the UK and Europe they are also serialized in comic magazines, with a strip's story sometimes continuing over three pages or more. Comic strips have also appeared in US magazines, such as Boy's Life.