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Society Is Nix: Gleeful Anarchy at the Dawn of the American Comic Strip 1895 - 1915

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This is how it all began!

"Mit dese kids, society iss nix!." So said The Inspector about the Katzenjammer kids. But he could have been speaking of all comic strips in their formative years at the turn of the last century. From the very first colour Sunday supplement, comics were a driving force in newspaper sales, even though their crude and often offensive content placed them in a whirl of controversy. Sunday comics presented a wild parody of the world and the culture that surrounded them. Society didn't stand a chance.

These are the origins of the American comic strip, born at a time when there were no set styles or formats, when artistic anarchy helped spawn a new medium.

Here are the earliest offerings from known greats like R. F. Outcault, George McManus, Winsor McCay, and George Herriman, along with the creations of more than fifty other superb cartoonists; over 150 Sunday comics dating from 1895 to 1915.

Most reprinted for the first time in over one hundred years! Digitally restored and printed in the original size —the inspiration for comic artists around the world for a century to come.

Author: Peter Maresca; Editor
Artists: R. F. Outcault, George McManus, Winsor McCay, George Herriman, et al
Publisher: Sunday Press, 2016
Number of pages: 152
Format: Hard Cover; Full Colour illustrations
Size: 17" x 21" (420mm x 540mm)
ISBN: 9780983550419


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