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Exhibition Comic Art: 120 Years of Panels and Pages

George Herriman (1880–1944). Krazy Kat. “Officer Pupp Lies Somniferous Upon. . . ,” ca. 1928. India ink and graphite drawing. Art Wood Collection of Cartoon and Caricature, 2003. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (006.00.00) Krazy Kat © King Features Syndicate, Inc., Hearst Holdings, Inc. LC-DIG-ppmsca-65006
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George Herriman’s Krazy Kat

Although not a popular feature when it was originally published, Krazy Kat quickly received critical acclaim from the American intelligentsia—and more importantly—from George Herriman’s publisher, William Randolph Hearst. Registered as a mulatto at his birth in New Orleans in 1880, Herriman passed for white during his entire career. The cartoonist played with language and fluidity of identity in the love triangle between the title character, Krazy Kat, the brick-throwing mouse, Ignatz, and the policeman, Officer Pupp.

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