A comic strip is a drawing or sequence of drawings that tells a story. Written and drawn by a comics artist, such strips are published on a recurring basis (usually daily or weekly) in newspapers and on the Internet. A comics artist is an Artist working within the Comics medium on Comic strips Comic books or Graphic novels The term may refer to A newspaper is a written Publication containing News, information and Advertising, usually printed on low-cost paper called Newsprint. The Internet is a global system of interconnected Computer networks In the UK and the rest of Europe they are also serialized in comic magazines, with a strip's story sometimes continuing over three pages or more. A British comic is a periodical published in the United Kingdom that contains comic strips Comic strips have also appeared in US magazines such as Boys' Life. Boys' Life is the monthly Magazine of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA
Storytelling using pictures has existed at least since the ancient Egyptians, and examples exist in 19th century Germany and England. Ancient Egypt was an Ancient Civilization in eastern North Africa, concentrated along the lower reaches of the Nile River in what is now The American comic strip developed this format into the 20th century. It introduced such devices as the word balloon for speech, the hat flying off to indicate surprise, and specific typographical symbols to represent cursing. Speech balloons (also speech bubbles, dialogue balloons, or word balloons) are a graphic convention used most commonly in Comic books strips The first comic books were anthologies of newspaper comic strips. A comic book (often shortened to simply comic and sometimes called a comic paper or comic magazine) is a Magazine or Book of narrative
As the name implies, comic strips can be humorous (for example, "gag-a-day" strips such as Blondie, Bringing Up Father and Pearls Before Swine). Blondie is a popular Comic strip created by Murat Bernard "Chic" Young and syndicated by King Features Syndicate. Bringing Up Father was an influential comic strip created by George McManus that ran from January 12, 1913 to May 28, 2000 Starting in the early 1930s, comic strips began to include adventure stories. Buck Rogers, Tarzan and The Adventures of Tintin were some of the first. Buck Rogers is a fictional character who first appeared in 1928 as Anthony Rogers the hero of two Novellas by Philip Francis Nowlan published in the magazine Tarzan is a Fictional character, an archetypal Feral child raised in the African jungle by Apes who later returns to civilization only to The Adventures of Tintin (Les Aventures de Tintin is a series of Comic strips created by Belgian artist Hergé, the pen name of Georges Remi Soap-opera continuity strips such as Judge Parker and Mary Worth gained popularity in the 1940s. See also Judge Alton B Parker, New York Court of Appeals 1898-1904 Judge Isaac Parker, United States District Court for the All are called, generically, "comic strips", though cartoonist Will Eisner has suggested that "sequential art" would be a better name for them. William Erwin Eisner ( March 6, 1917 – January 3, 2005) was an acclaimed American Comics Writer, Artist and 
The first newspaper comic strips appeared in America in the late 19th Century. The Yellow Kid is usually credited as the first newspaper comic strip. The Yellow Kid emerged as the lead character in Hogan's Alley drawn by Richard F However, the artform combining words and pictures evolved gradually, and there are many examples of proto-comic strips. Newspaper comic strips are divided into daily strips and Sunday strips. Most newspaper comic strips are syndicated; that is, a syndicate hires people to write and draw the strip, and then distributes it to many newspapers for a fee. Syndicate comes from French syndicat which means Trade union ( syndic meaning administrator) from the Latin word syndicus A few newspaper strips are exclusive to one newspaper. For example The Louisiana Purchase by John Chase ran only in the New Orleans Times Picayune. John Churchill Chase (1905 - 1986 was a Cartoonist and Writer. The Times-Picayune is a daily Newspaper published in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
A daily strip appears in newspapers Monday through Saturday, as contrasted with a Sunday strip. Mutt and Jeff is an American newspaper Comic strip created by Bud Fisher in 1907 Harry Conway "Bud" Fisher ( April 3, 1885 &ndash September 7, 1954) was an American Cartoonist who created the Daily strips are usually in black and white, though a few newspapers, beginning in the later part of the 20th century, published them in color. The major formats are strips, which are wider than they are tall, and panels, which are square, circular, or taller than they are wide. Strips usually, but not always, are broken up into several smaller panels, with continuity from panel to panel. Panels usually, but not always, are not broken up and lack continuity. The daily Peanuts is a strip, and the daily Dennis the Menace is a panel. Peanuts is a syndicated daily and Sunday Comic strip written and illustrated by Charles M Dennis the Menace, known in some countries as just "' Dennis' "is a daily syndicated Newspaper Comic strip originally
Early daily strips were large, often running the entire width of the newspaper, and were sometimes three or more inches in height. At first, one newspaper page only included one daily strip, usually either at the top or the bottom of the page. By the 1920s, many newspapers had a comics page on which many strips were collected together. Over decades, the size of daily strips became smaller and smaller, until by 2000 four standard daily strips could fit in the area once occupied by a single daily strip.
NEA Syndicate experimented briefly with a two-tier daily strip, Star Hawks, but after a few years, Star Hawks dropped down to a single tier. Star Hawks is a Comic strip written first by Ron Goulart and later by Archie Goodwin, with artwork by Gil Kane. In Flanders, the two-tier strip is the standard publication style of most daily strips like Spike and Suzy and Nero. Flanders (Vlaanderen Flandre Flandern is a geographical region located in parts of present day Belgium, France, and the Netherlands. Spike and Suzy, the British title for Suske en Wiske in Dutch, is a Comics series created by the Belgian For other uses of Nero see Nero (disambiguation The Adventures of Nero or Nero is a Flemish They appear Monday through Saturday, as until recently there were no Sunday papers in Flanders. In the last decades, they have switched from black and white to color.
Sunday newspapers traditionally included a special color section. See also Comic strip A Sunday strip is a Newspaper Comic strip format where comic strips are printed in the Sunday newspaper usually in a Early Sunday strips, such as Thimble Theatre and Little Orphan Annie, filled an entire newspaper page, a format known to collectors as full page. Popeye the Sailor Man is a fictional hero famous for appearing in comic strips and animated films as well as numerous TV shows Little Orphan Annie is a Full page (later half page or tab) American Comic strip, created by Harold Gray (1894-1968 Comic strip formats vary widely from publication to publication so that the same Comic strip may appear in half a dozen different formats with different numbers of panels Later strips, such as The Phantom and Terry and the Pirates, were usually only half that size, with two strips to a page in full-size newspapers, such as the New Orleans Times Picayune, or with one strip on a tabloid page, as in the Chicago Daily News. The Times-Picayune is a daily Newspaper published in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. The Chicago Daily News was an afternoon daily Newspaper published between 1876 and 1978 in Chicago Illinois. When Sunday strips began to appear in more than one format, it became necessary for the cartoonist to allow for rearranged, cropped or dropped panels. During World War II, because of paper shortages, the size of Sunday strips began to shrink. World War II, or the Second World War, (often abbreviated WWII) was a global military conflict which involved a majority of the world's nations, including After the war, strips continued to get smaller and smaller, to save the expense of printing so many color pages. The last full-page comic strip was the Prince Valiant strip for 11 April 1971. Prince Valiant in the Days of King Arthur, or simply Prince Valiant, is a Comic strip created by Hal Foster. Today, most Sunday strips are smaller than the daily strips of the 1930s.
In America, the great popularity of comics sprang from the newspaper war between Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst. Comics (via Latin from the Greek "" kōmikos, of or pertaining to "comedy" from kōmos "revel" Joseph Pulitzer ( English pronunciation PULL-itser; April 10, 1847 He sought a military career but was turned down by the For other people named William Randolph Hearst see William Randolph Hearst (disambiguation William Randolph Hearst I (April 29 1863 &ndash The Little Bears was the first American comic with recurring characters, while the first color comic supplement was published by the Chicago Inter-Ocean sometime in the latter half of 1892; Mutt and Jeff was the first successful daily comic strip, first appearing in 1907. The Little Bears may have been the first American Comic strip. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Mutt and Jeff is an American newspaper Comic strip created by Bud Fisher in 1907
Proto-comic strips exist from the time of ancient Egypt, and include medieval manuscript illumination and English cartoons. This article is about the country of Egypt For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Egypt topics. The 1865 German strip Max and Moritz, about two trouble-making boys, had a direct influence on the American comic strip. Germany, officially the Federal Republic of Germany ( ˈbʊndəsʁepuˌbliːk ˈdɔʏtʃlant is a Country in Central Europe. For the rockets launched in 1934 by Wernher von Braun, see Aggregate_series#A2 Max and Moritz (A Story of Seven Boyish Pranks is a Max and Moritz was a series of severely moralistic tales in the vein of German children's stories such as Struwwelpeter ("Shockheaded Peter"); in one, the boys, after perpetrating some mischief, are tossed into a sack of grain, run through a mill, and consumed by a flock of geese. Der Struwwelpeter (1845 is a popular German Children's book by Heinrich Hoffmann which has been translated into English. Max and Moritz provided an inspiration for German immigrant Rudolph Dirks, who created the Katzenjammer Kids in 1897. Rudolph Dirks ( February 26, 1877 &ndash April 20, 1968) was one of the earliest and most noted Comic strip artists Familiar comic-strip iconography such as stars for pain, speech and thought balloons, and sawing logs for snoring originated in Dirks' strip.
Hugely popular, Katzenjammer Kids was responsible for one of the first comic-strip copyright ownership suits in the history of the medium. When Dirks left Hearst for the promise of a better salary under Pulitzer (unusual, since cartoonists regularly deserted Pulitzer for Hearst) Hearst, in a highly unusual court decision, retained the rights to the name "Katzenjammer Kids", while creator Dirks retained the rights to the characters. Hearst promptly hired a cartoonist named Harold Knerr to draw his own version of the strip. Dirks renamed his version Hans and Fritz (later, The Captain and The Kids). Thus, two versions distributed by rival syndicates graced the comics pages for decades. Dirks' version, eventually distributed by United Feature Syndicate, ran until 1979.
Hundreds of comic strips followed, with many running for decades.
Most comic strip characters are unageing throughout the strip's life, but in some strips, like Lynn Johnston's award-winning For Better or For Worse, characters age. Ageless is an adjective describing a person or thing whose age cannot be defined is nonexistent or does not change Lynn Johnston CM OM (born May 28, 1947) is a Canadian Cartoonist, well known for her Comic strip This article is about the comic strip For other uses see For better or worse. The first strip to feature aging characters was Gasoline Alley. Gasoline Alley is a long-running classic Comic strip, created by Frank King, that was first published on November 24, 1918.
The history of comic strips also includes series that are not humorous, but tell an ongoing dramatic story. Drama is the specific mode of Fiction represented in Performance. Examples include The Phantom, Prince Valiant, Dick Tracy, Mary Worth, Modesty Blaise and Tarzan. Prince Valiant in the Days of King Arthur, or simply Prince Valiant, is a Comic strip created by Hal Foster. Dick Tracy is a long-running Comic strip featuring a popular and familiar character in American Pop culture. Modesty Blaise is a Comic strip featuring a Fictional character of the same name created by Peter O'Donnell (writer and Jim Holdaway Tarzan is a Fictional character, an archetypal Feral child raised in the African jungle by Apes who later returns to civilization only to Sometimes these are spin-offs from comic books, for example Superman, Batman, and The Amazing Spider-Man. A comic book (often shortened to simply comic and sometimes called a comic paper or comic magazine) is a Magazine or Book of narrative The daily Superman Newspaper comic strip began in January 6 1939 and a separate Sunday strip was added on November 5 1939 Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-Man and still referred to at times as the Batman) is a fictional Comic book Superhero co-created The Amazing Spider-Man is the name of several media Presentations which feature the Marvel Comics Superhero Spider-Man,
A number of strips have featured animals as main characters. Some are non-verbal (Marmaduke, The Angriest Dog in the World), some have verbal thoughts but aren't understood by humans, (Garfield, Snoopy in Peanuts), and some can converse with humans (Bloom County, Get Fuzzy, Pearls Before Swine, and Pooch Cafe). Marmaduke is a Newspaper Comic strip drawn by Brad Anderson from 1954 to the present day The Angriest Dog in the World is a Comic strip created by film director David Lynch. Garfield is a daily-syndicated Comic strip created by Jim Davis. Snoopy is a Fictional character in the long-running Comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M Peanuts is a syndicated daily and Sunday Comic strip written and illustrated by Charles M Bloom County was an American Comic strip by Berkeley Breathed which ran from December 8, 1980 until August 6, 1989 Get Fuzzy is an American daily Comic strip written and drawn by Darby Conley. Pooch Café is a Comic strip written and illustrated by Paul Gilligan Other strips are centered entirely on animals, as in Pogo and Donald Duck. Donald Duck is a cartoon character from The Walt Disney Company. Gary Larson's The Far Side was unusual, as there were no central characters. This article refers to the Cartoonist. For the Rugby league player please see Gary Larson (rugby league. The Far Side is a popular one-panel syndicated comic created by Gary Larson. Instead The Far Side used a wide variety of characters including humans, monsters, aliens, chickens, cows, worms, amoebas and more. Extraterrestrial life is Life originating outside of the Earth. A worm is a common name given to a diverse group of invertebrate animals that have a long soft body and no legs Amoeba (sometimes amœba or ameba, plural amoebae) is a Genus of Protozoa that moves John McPherson's Close to Home also uses this theme, though the characters are mostly restricted to humans and real-life situations. See Close to Home for other uses Close to Home is a daily one-panel Comic strip by John McPherson that debuted in Wiley Miller not only mixes human, animal and fantasy characters, he does several different comic strip continuities under one umbrella title, Non Sequitur. David Wiley Miller (born 1951 an American Cartoonist whose work is characterized by wry wit and trenchant social satire is best known for his comic strip Non Sequitur is a Comic strip created by Wiley Miller (usually credited as just Wiley in 1992 and syndicated by Universal Press Syndicate Bob Thaves's Frank & Ernest began in 1972 and paved the way for some of these strips as its human characters were manifest in diverse forms — as animals, vegetables, and minerals. Robert Thaves ( October 5 1924 - August 1 2006) was the creator of the Comic strip Frank and Ernest, which began
Since around the 1960s, comic strip presentation in newspapers and the business itself has considerably changed.
In the past few decades, many cartoonists have voiced their concern about the present and future of comic strips, most notably Calvin and Hobbes cartoonist, Bill Watterson. Calvin and Hobbes is a Comic strip written and illustrated by Bill Watterson, following the humorous antics of Calvin, an imaginative William B "Bill" Watterson II (born July 5, 1958) an American Cartoonist, is the author of the Comic strip Calvin and Hobbes
The issue most commonly addressed was the swiftly declining size of newspaper comic strips. In the early decades of the 20th century, all Sunday comics received a full page and daily strips were generally the width of the page. Only one newspaper, the Reading Eagle, continues to run many strips in the largest available size. The Reading Eagle is the major daily Newspaper in Reading, Pennsylvania, in the United States. Many papers drop several panels so more strips can fit on a page.
Bill Watterson has written extensively on the issue, claiming that size reduction and dropped panels reduce both the potential and freedom of a cartoonist. William B "Bill" Watterson II (born July 5, 1958) an American Cartoonist, is the author of the Comic strip Calvin and Hobbes When Watterson's Calvin and Hobbes grew to fame, he insisted that his Sunday strip be published without cropping and at a half-page size, a move criticized by newspaper editors and a few cartoonists, including Family Circus cartoonist, Bill Keane. Calvin and Hobbes is a Comic strip written and illustrated by Bill Watterson, following the humorous antics of Calvin, an imaginative The Family Circus (originally The Family Circle) is a syndicated Comic strip created and written by cartoonist Bil Keane and inked/colored Bil Keane (born October 5 1922) is an American Cartoonist best known for his work on the long-running newspaper comic The Family
In an issue related to size limitations, Sunday comics are often bound to rigid formats that allow their panels to be rearranged in several different ways while remaining readable. Comic strip formats vary widely from publication to publication so that the same Comic strip may appear in half a dozen different formats with different numbers of panels Such formats usually include throwaway panels at the beginning, which some newspapers will omit for space. As a result, cartoonists have less incentive to put great efforts into these panels.
Many older strips are no longer drawn by the original cartoonist, who has either died or retired. A cartoonist, paid by the syndicate, or sometimes a relative of the original cartoonist continues writing the strip, a tradition that was commonplace in the early half of the 20th century. Hägar the Horrible and Frank and Ernest are both drawn by the son of the creator. Hägar the Horrible (sometimes referred to as simply Hagar) is the title and the name of the main character of a syndicated Comic strip Also, many strips, some of which are still in affiliation with the original creator, are drawn or written by multiple people or entire companies, such as Jim Davis' Garfield and Lynn Johnston's For Better or for Worse. James Robert " Jim " Davis (born July 28, 1945) is an American Cartoonist who created the popular comic strip Garfield is a daily-syndicated Comic strip created by Jim Davis. Lynn Johnston CM OM (born May 28, 1947) is a Canadian Cartoonist, well known for her Comic strip This article is about the comic strip For other uses see For better or worse.
This act is commonly criticised by, primarily modern, cartoonists including Bill Watterson and Pearls Before Swine's Stephan Pastis. William B "Bill" Watterson II (born July 5, 1958) an American Cartoonist, is the author of the Comic strip Calvin and Hobbes Stephan Thomas Pastis (born January 16, 1968) is the creator of the comic strip Pearls Before Swine. The issue was in fact addressed in six consecutive Pearls strips. Charles Schulz, of Peanuts fame, requested that the strip not be continued by another cartoonist upon his retirement. Charles Monroe Schulz (November 26 1922 &ndash February 12 2000 was an American Cartoonist best known worldwide for his Peanuts Comic strip Peanuts is a syndicated daily and Sunday Comic strip written and illustrated by Charles M Schulz also rejected the idea of hiring an inker or letterer, comparing it to a golfer hiring a man to make his putts.
The problems cited with attaining a second cartoonist state that the second cartoonist is generally less funny or compelling than the creator, and also the cartoonist is not as familiar with the characters. Also, many have said that continuing retired strips stops newer cartoonists from breaking through.
Starting in the 1950s, newspaper comic strips were subject to very strict censorship by the national syndicates who distributed them. Stephan Pastis has said that the "unwritten" censorship code is still "stuck somewhere in the 1950s. Stephan Thomas Pastis (born January 16, 1968) is the creator of the comic strip Pearls Before Swine. " Generally, comics are not allowed to include such words as "damn", "sucks", "screwed", and "hell", although there have been a few exceptions. In addition, many images, such as naked backsides and shooting guns, cannot be shown, according to Dilbert cartoonist, Scott Adams. Dilbert (first published April 16, 1989) is an American Comic strip written and drawn by Scott Adams. Scott Raymond Adams (born June 8, 1957) is the creator of the Dilbert Comic strip and the Author of several Business
Many issues such as sex, drugs, and terrorism cannot, or can very rarely, be openly discussed in strips, although Doonesbury is an exception to this rule. Doonesbury is a Comic strip by G B Trudeau that chronicles the adventures and lives of a vast array of different characters of different ages professions This has led many cartoonists to resort to double entendre and, as in the case of Luann cartoonist Greg Evans on several occasions, speak in a manner so that young children will not understand. Not to be confused with Puns which employ multiple phrases A double entendre is a Figure of speech similar to the Pun, in Luann is a syndicated Comic strip, distributed in Newspapers by United Features Syndicate since March 17 1985 Luann is written Greg Evans (born 1947 is an American Cartoonist and the creator of the syndicated Comic strip Luann.
Many of these words, images, and issues are common in every day life, and many young cartoonists have claimed they should be allowed in the comics. Many of the censored words and topics are mentioned daily on television, as well as in other forms of visual media. Web comics, and comics distributed primarily to college newspapers, are much freer in this respect.
The comics have long held a distorted mirror to contemporary society, and almost from the beginning have been used for political or social commentary. This ranged from the right-wing views of Little Orphan Annie to the liberalism of Doonesbury. Little Orphan Annie is a Full page (later half page or tab) American Comic strip, created by Harold Gray (1894-1968 Doonesbury is a Comic strip by G B Trudeau that chronicles the adventures and lives of a vast array of different characters of different ages professions Pogo used animals to particularly devastating effect, caricaturing many prominent politicians of the day as animal denizens of Pogo's Okeefenokee Swamp. In a fearless move, Pogo's creator Walt Kelly took on Joseph McCarthy in the 1950s, caricaturing him as a bobcat named Simple J. Walter Crawford Kelly Jr ( August 25, 1913 – October 18, 1973) known as Walt Kelly, was a Cartoonist notable for his Joseph Raymond McCarthy (November 14 1908 – May 2 1957 was an American politician who served as a Republican U Malarkey, a megalomaniac who was bent on taking over the characters' birdwatching club and rooting out all undesirables.
Kelly also defended the medium against possible government regulation in the McCarthy era. McCarthyism is a term describing the intense anti-communist suspicion in the United States in a period that lasted roughly from the late 1940s to the late 1950s At a time when comic books were coming under fire for supposed sexual, violent, and subversive content, Kelly feared the same would happen to comic strips. Going before the congressional subcommittee, he proceeded to charm the members with his drawings and the force of his personality. The comic strip was safe for satire.
Some comic strips, such as Doonesbury and The Boondocks, are often printed on the editorial or op-ed page rather than the comics page because of their regular political commentary. The Boondocks was a daily syndicated Comic strip written and originally drawn by Aaron McGruder. For example, the August 12th 1974 Doonesbury strip was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1974 for its depiction of the Watergate scandal. Doonesbury is a Comic strip by G B Trudeau that chronicles the adventures and lives of a vast array of different characters of different ages professions The Watergate scandals were a series of Political scandals during the presidency of Richard Nixon that resulted in the Indictment of several of Nixon's Dilbert is sometimes found in the business section of a newspaper instead of the comics page because of the strip's commentary about office politics, and Tank McNamara often appears on the sports page because of its subject matter. Dilbert (first published April 16, 1989) is an American Comic strip written and drawn by Scott Adams. (Office Politics is simply how power gets worked out on a practical day-to-day basis
The world's longest comic strip is 88. 9 metres long and on display at Trafalgar Square as part of the London Comedy Festival. Trafalgar Square is a square in central London, England. With its position in the heart of London it is a tourist attraction its trademark is Nelson's The record was previously 81 metres and held in Florida. Florida ( is a state located in the southeastern region of the United States, bordering Alabama to the northwest and Georgia to the The London Cartoon Strip was created by 15 of Britain's best known cartoonists and depicts the history of London. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK or Britain,is a Sovereign state located
The Reuben, named for cartoonist Rube Goldberg, is the most prestigious award for U. The National Cartoonists Society is the world's largest organization of professional Cartoonists It presents the Reuben Awards. Reuben Garret Lucius Goldberg ( July 4, 1883 - December 7, 1970) was an American Cartoonist who received a 1948 Pulitzer S. comic strip artists. Reuben awards are presented annually by the National Cartoonists' Society (NCS).
Today's strip artists, with the help of the NCS, enthusiastically promote the medium, which is considered to be in decline due to fewer markets and ever-shrinking newspaper space. One particularly humorous example of such promotional efforts is the Great Comic Strip Switcheroonie, held in 1997 on April Fool's Day, an event in which dozens of prominent artists took over each other's strips. The Comic strip switcheroo (also known as the Great Comics Switcheroonie or the Great April Fools Day Comics Switcheroonie) was a series of jokes played out between Garfield’s Jim Davis, for example, switched with Blondie’s Stan Drake, while Scott Adams (Dilbert) traded strips with Bil Keane (The Family Circus). Blondie is a popular Comic strip created by Murat Bernard "Chic" Young and syndicated by King Features Syndicate. The Family Circus (originally The Family Circle) is a syndicated Comic strip created and written by cartoonist Bil Keane and inked/colored Even the United States Postal Service got into the act, issuing a series of commemorative stamps marking the comic-strip centennial in 1996.
While the Switcheroonie was a one-time publicity stunt, for one artist to take over a feature from its originator is an old tradition in newspaper cartooning (as it is in the comic book industry). In fact, the practice has made possible the longevity of the genre's more popular strips. Examples include Little Orphan Annie (drawn and plotted by Harold Gray from 1924-44 and thereafter by a succession of artists including Leonard Starr and Andrew Pepoy), and Terry and The Pirates, started by Milton Caniff in 1934 and picked up by a string of successors, notably George Wunder. Andrew Pepoy (b 1969 is an American Comic book artist. Biography Andrew Pepoy was born on May 13 1969 George Wunder, (1912&ndash1987 was a cartoonist who continued Terry and the Pirates after Milton Caniff left it in 1946
A business-driven variation has sometimes led to the same feature continuing under a different name. In one case, in the early 1940s, Don Flowers' Modest Maidens was so admired by William Randolph Hearst that he lured Flowers away from the Associated Press and to King Features Syndicate by doubling the cartoonist's salary, and renamed the feature Glamor Girls to avoid legal action by the AP. The latter continued to publish Modest Maidens, drawn by Jay Allen in Flowers' style.
The decade of the 1960s saw the rise of underground newspapers, which often carried comic strips, such as Fritz the Cat and The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers. The phrase underground press is most often used to refer to the independently published and distributed underground papers associated with the Counterculture of the Fritz the Cat is an underground Comic book Fictional character created by Robert Crumb. The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers are a trio of underground comic strip characters created by the U Bloom County and Doonesbury began as strips in college newspapers, and later moved to national syndication. Bloom County was an American Comic strip by Berkeley Breathed which ran from December 8, 1980 until August 6, 1989 Doonesbury is a Comic strip by G B Trudeau that chronicles the adventures and lives of a vast array of different characters of different ages professions Underground comic strips covered subjects that are usually taboo in newspaper strips, such as sex and drugs. Underground comics (or comix) are Small press or self-published Comic books that began to appear in the US in the late 1960s Many underground artists, notably Vaughn Bode, Dan O'Neill and Gilbert Shelton went on to draw comic strips for magazines such as Playboy, National Lampoon and Pete Millar's CARtoons. Vaughn Bodé ( July 22, 1941 - July 18, 1975) (boʊˈdei was an influential artist involved in and inspirational to Underground comics See also Dan O'Neill (disambiguation. Dan O'Neill (born April 21, 1942) is an American underground Cartoonist, creator of Gilbert Shelton (born May 31, 1940, Houston Texas) is an American Cartoonist and Playboy is an American Men's magazine, founded in Chicago Illinois, by Hugh Hefner and his associates which has grown into Playboy CARtoons magazine was an American publication that focused on Automotive humor and Hot rod artwork.
Webcomics, also known as online comics and internet comics, are comics that are available to read on the Internet. Webcomics, online comics, or Internet comics are Comics Published on a Website, often exclusively providing easy access to an Comics (via Latin from the Greek "" kōmikos, of or pertaining to "comedy" from kōmos "revel" The World Wide Web (commonly shortened to the Web) is a system of interlinked Hypertext documents accessed via the Internet. Many are exclusively published online, while some are published in print but maintain a web archive for either commercial or artistic reasons. Publishing is the process of production and dissemination of Literature or Information &ndash the activity of making information available for public view An archive refers to a collection of historical records and also refers to the location in which these records are kept With the Internet's easy access to an audience, webcomics run the gamut from traditional cartoon strips to graphic novels and beyond. A Two of the most popular are Penny Arcade, focused primarily on video gaming, and User Friendly, which bases its humor on the Internet and other computer-user issues. Penny Arcade is a Webcomic written by Jerry Holkins and illustrated by Mike Krahulik. User Friendly is a daily Webcomic about the staff of a small fictional Internet service provider, Columbia Internet
The majority of traditional newspaper comic strips have some Internet presence. King Features Syndicate and other syndicates often provide archives of recent strips on their websites. King Features Syndicate, a Print syndication company owned by The Hearst Corporation, distributes about 150 Comic strips newspaper columns, Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert, started a trend by including his email address in each strip. Scott Raymond Adams (born June 8, 1957) is the creator of the Dilbert Comic strip and the Author of several Business