Sunday, July 17, 2016

DAILY MIRROR comic strip series index — Now Available in 2016 Update

by John Adcock

 P  UBLISHED here in February 2015, the Daily Mirror comic strip series index compiled and researched by Leonardo De Sá has presently been brought up-to-date through mid 2016. It now includes an entry on the appearance of Tiger Tim (even if it wasn’t a series in the Daily Illustrated Mirror it became one afterwards), a new entry on the Disney Mirror supplement, information about the demise of Roger Kettle’s western comic strip Horace, and several other bits of miscellaneous data Leonardo was able to uncover. The illustrations used in this post are of poor quality but useful enough for reference purposes.

comic strip series index

[1904] Mrs. Hippo’s Kindergarten, April 16, by Julius Stafford Baker.

   One of the longest-running characters in children’s fiction, Tiger Tim was originally created by Julius Stafford Baker for the Daily Mirror in a one-shot called Mrs. Hippo’s Kindergarten in 1904. Baker was known for his large slum kids panel Casey Court — similar to Outcault’s Yellow Kid cartoons — in Chips (1902). Tiger Tim ended in 1985 in Jack and Jill.

[1903] Jumbo and Rhino, Sep 1, Montreal Standard, by Mabel F. Taylor?
   An unidentified British strip, a one-shot titled Jumbo and Rhino Get Into Trouble appeared September 12, 1903 in the Canadian Montreal Standard newspaper. It could even be a Jungle Jinks since the third panel has a newspaper labeled Jungle Times. The signature looks like ‘MT’ — is it by Mabel F. Taylor perhaps?

[1899] Jungle Jinks, New Zealand Daily Graphic, Dec 30, possibly by Arthur White.
   The earliest known British nursery comic was Jungle Jinks which started October 29, 1898, in a ladies’ magazine called Home Chat. Those were, according to historian Denis Gifford, the first anthropomorphic animals in British comics. Also according to Gifford, the first artist was Arthur White, quickly replaced by Mabel F. Taylor who drew it until her death in 1950, sometimes replaced by her sister, Edith M. Taylor. Another Jungle Jinks tit-bit was the following, found in an Australian Newspaper,

Field Fisher, the comedian in “The Girl in the Taxi,” for years worked on some of the leading publications in London as a black-and-white artist. For five years he was associated with the Harmsworth publications, a good deal of his work going, into the weekly and monthly papers published by that company. His animal drawings for children, under the title of “Jungle Jinks,” made a big name for him. He has also done some color work, a number of the cover designs of the “London Magazine” having been painted by him. His designs in the form of theatrical posters figure prominently on the London hoardings. — Adelaide (SA) Daily Herald, Nov 13, 1914

   Our full Daily Mirror comic strip series index 1904-2016 HERE.

   Source of top detail, Tiger Tim’s Weekly, March 27, 1926, see the full cover signed ‘HTF’ HERE.

   Meanwhile, any additional information is welcomed, especially missing names of WRITERS and ARTISTS, gathered in our DAILY MIRROR comic strip series index.

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