Sunday, July 15, 2007
From MCT Campus:
Richard F. Outcault, The Yellow Kid. He meets Tige and Mary Jane and Buster Brown, Pencil, ink, and watercolor.Published in the New York American Examiner, July 7, 1907.
From the Library of Congress:
This spectacular piece by Richard Outcault features the introduction of two great comic strip characters, Mickey Dugan, also known as "The Yellow Kid," and his immensely popular successor, Buster Brown. Here we can see the adoption of what became the standard Sunday format - twelve regularly spaced panels crowded with detailed drawing and text. In this story, Buster Brown, the twelve-year-old scion of a Manhattan family in the wealthy Murray Hill neighborhood heads to the tenements of Hogan's Alley in a dream. In a nod to another great comic strip of the period, Winsor McCay's Little Nemo in Slumberland, Outcault has Buster Brown wake up from his nightmare and resolve not to slumber. Outcault guided the engravers by coloring only the new elements in the comic strip.