The Yellow Kid
America's first great comic strip character, "The Yellow Kid" first
appeared on May 5, 1895, in a comic panel entitled At the
Circus in Hogan's Alley. New York World cartoonist
Richard Felton Outcault created a boisterous cast of characters
and an unprecedented explosion of activity in his Hogan's
Alley. One particular character, the gap-toothed kid garbed
in an oversize yellow night shirt, captured the country's imagination.
When Outcault moved to the New York Journal, he was
allowed to take the Dugan character although the World
retained rights to the character and the title Hogan's Alley,
and for more than a year rival "Yellow Kids" appeared in the weekly
supplements of both papers.