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From its earliest appearance in the 1890s, the newspaper comic strip has told the story of America, from the Irish ghetto of theYellow Kid to flappers, war heroes, hippies, and today's office drones and soccer moms. American Newspaper Comicsis the first comprehensive, authoritative reference work to document this fascinating history, listing over 7,000 different comic strip and cartoon features from American newspapers. While previous books have typically concentrated on the most popular comic strips and panel cartoon series, American Newspaper Comicsis designed to be all-inclusive, providing detailed information on important but previously overlooked artists and features.The result of more than twenty years of meticulous research, American Newspaper Comicsprovides the most complete picture to date of the evolution of newspaper cartoon features and corrects misinformation that has circulated for years in other references.
American Newspaper Comicsoffers a wealth of information, including the start and end dates of features, their format, frequency, creators, and distribution companies. The book also includeshandy cross-indexes and a guide to book-length compilations of newspaper cartoons and comics. In addition, the book includes a CD with samples of more than 2,000 cartoon features, including some that may be new to even the most ardent fan or collector.