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Topics in Chronicling America - Buster Brown

The brainchild of cartoonist Richard Outcault, Buster Brown is a comic strip starring Buster and his talking dog Tige as they go on mischievous misadventures. Buster Brown was one of the first animated characters to take the American public by storm and expand into new markets, from shoes to suits, stockings, watches, cameras, bread, and even a theatrical play. Read more about it!

The information and sample article links below provide access to a sampling of articles from historic newspapers that can be found in the Chronicling America: American Historic Newspapers digital collection ( Use the Suggested Search Terms and Dates to explore this topic further in Chronicling America.


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Important Dates:

  • October 29, 1904: It is reported that Robert Outcault used Roger Cushman Clark as the model to create Buster Brown.
  • 1905: Buster Brown is adapted for a stage play.
  • November 12, 1905: Buster Brown mania is at an all-time high.
  • June 28, 1906: By now Richard Outcault is considered the world’s highest paid artist.
  • November 5, 1906: The Herald and Hearst newspapers battle over the rights for Buster Brown.
  • September 26, 1915: Almost ten years later and Buster Brown is still selling merchandise, from watches to footwear.

Suggested Search Strategies:

  • [Try the following terms in combination, proximity, or as phrases using Search Pages in Chronicling America.] Buster Brown, Outcault, Tige, comic, cartoon
  • It is important to use a specific date range if looking for articles for a particular event in order to narrow your results.
  • There are many advertisements for Buster Brown products so it is important to couple search terms.

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