Skip to main content

Exhibition Comic Art: 120 Years of Panels and Pages

R. F. Outcault (1863–1928), The Yellow Kid, He Meets Tige and Mary Jane And, July 7, 1907. Ink and watercolor over graphite underdrawing. Art Wood Collection of Cartoon and Caricature, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (001.01.00) LC-DIG-ppmsc-02833
Enlarge

The Yellow Kid and Buster Brown

In 1902, Richard Felton Outcault created the enduring character, Buster Brown. When the cartoonist brought Buster Brown to the New York American in 1906, his previous employer the New York Herald sued and won the rights to retain the name. Buster Brown’s name does not appear in this drawing, however the artist used his first recurring character, the Yellow Kid, as a foil to replay the bitterness of his earlier experience in which the World kept publishing the Yellow Kid after Outcault changed newspapers.

 Back to top