Monday, September 08, 2014
Obscurity of the Day: What is the Reason
Just in case you thought Jimmy Hatlo was covering new ground in They'll Do It Every Time, this is a very early precursor to the theme -- poor innocent nebbishes beset by the trials and tribulations of a harsh, unfeeling, and arbitrary world. Pity them!
There is a typo in my book American Newspaper Comics, saying that this strip ran from March 30 to June 1 1901. Evrything's right there except the year, which should be 1902. Holtz's flying fingers rewriting history ...
Thanks to Cole Johnson for the samples!
The post 1900 papers I've looked at online are black and white (or not microfilmed in color?).
The first newspaper color comics were in 1893. The online newspapers you're viewing are taken from black and white microfilm.