Monday, July 18, 2016

EXTRA! Hearst’s Yellow Kid Art Trampled – Outcault Furious


 ORIGINAL!   New York Journal, Sunday, October 18, 1896. 

 TRACED!   The Denver Evening Post, Friday, October 23, 1896.

W.R. HEARST & R.F. OUTCAULT. The Historic, Glorious, Grand and Colorful move the Yellow Kid made from Pulitzer’s The World to Hearst’s New York Journal on Sunday, 18 October 1896 had a peculiar follow-up, five days later, in The Denver Evening Post, which published a badly traced black-and-white version of the first Hearst page. No further details known. But had Outcault known he would have been furious. The Kid even misses a foot. Click and compare!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

DAILY MIRROR comic strip series index — Now Available in 2019 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 2019. 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. Note: The Daily Mirror began printing comic strips in full colour on 06/Jun/1988.

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.

Friday, July 1, 2016

TAD Dorgan and the Origin of the Hot Dog

[1919] Full-page Hearst News advert in Moving Picture World, Feb 22 

“We take him to a dago joint down on the east side and let him eat a lot of ravioli and listen to the wops. He always got a kick out of that… then we take him up to the McAlpin and set him up in a window on the top floor where he can look straight up Broadway. He just sits there and looks at the lights and traffic and talks about the old mob up at Jack’s café.” — Ike Dorgan about his brother’s last days, to Westbrook Pegler in ‘Death Claims Tad Dorgan, Phrase Maker’ in the Chicago Tribune, May 3, 1929

[1939] Philadelphia Inquirer,  June 17
[1919] The Moving Picture World, Feb 8, with photograph of ‘famous “TAD”’ (1877-1929).  Movie houses showed TAD cartoons in weekly newsreels from Hearst News.