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Important Dates:

  • 1894: "Hogan's Alley" first appears in Truth. In 1895, it moves to the New York World
  • 1896: "Hogan's Alley" cartoonist Robert Outcault is hired by the New York Journal. The "Hogan Alley" name stays with the World, while the Journal is forced to rename Outcault's drawings.
  • 1897: "The Katzenjammer Kids" appear in the New York Journal.
  • 1902: "Lady Bountiful," the first comic to feature a woman as the lead character is created.
  • 1903: The San Francisco Call begins their comic supplement. It becomes a permanent feature on October 30, 1904.
  • 1904: "The Newlyweds" appears in the New York World.
  • 1907: "A. Mutt" (later "Mutt and Jeff') begins its daily run.

Suggested Search Terms:

  • [Try the following terms in combination, proximity, or as phrases using Search Pages in Chronicling America.]
  • Famous Cartoonists: Gene Carr, Robert Outcault, George McManus, Bud Fisher, George Herriman
  • Famous Comics: Hogan's Alley (The Yellow Kid), Lady Bountiful, The Newlyweds-Their Baby, A. Mutt (later known as Mutt and Jeff in 1908), Buster and Tiger (Buster Brown), The Katzenjammer Kids

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