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Welcome on this blog full of information about Newspaper Comic Strips, and offcourse the comics.

The first newspaper comic strips appeared in North America in the late 19th century. The Yellow Kid is usually credited as the first. However, the art form combining words and pictures developed gradually and there are many examples of proto-comic strips.

The Swiss teacher, author and caricature artist Rodolphe Töpffer (Geneva, 1799–1846) is considered the father of the modern comic strips. His illustrated stories such as Histoire de M. Vieux Bois (1827), first published in the USA in 1842 as The Adventures of Obadiah Oldbuck or Histoire de Monsieur Jabot (1831), inspired subsequent generations of German and American comic artists. In 1865, the German painter, author and caricaturist Wilhelm Busch created the strip Max and Moritz, about two trouble-making boys, which had a direct influence on the American comic strip. Max and Moritz was a series of severely moralistic tales in the vein of German children’s stories such as Struwwelpeter (“Shockheaded Peter”); in one, the boys, after perpetrating some mischief, are tossed into a sack of grain, run through a mill and consumed by a flock of geese. Max and Moritz provided an inspiration for German immigrant Rudolph Dirks, who created the Katzenjammer Kids in 1897. Familiar comic-strip iconography such as stars for pain, sawing logs for snoring, speech balloons, and thought balloons originated in Dirks’ strip.

Hugely popular, Katzenjammer Kids occasioned one of the first comic-strip copyright ownership suits in the history of the medium. When Dirks left William Randolph Hearst for the promise of a better salary under Joseph Pulitzer, it was an unusual move, since cartoonists regularly deserted Pulitzer for Hearst. In a highly unusual court decision, Hearst retained the rights to the name “Katzenjammer Kids”, while creator Dirks retained the rights to the characters. Hearst promptly hired Harold Knerr to draw his own version of the strip. Dirks renamed his version Hans and Fritz (later, The Captain and the Kids). Thus, two versions distributed by rival syndicates graced the comics pages for decades. Dirks’ version, eventually distributed by United Feature Syndicate, ran until 1979.

In America, the great popularity of comics sprang from the newspaper war (1887 onwards) between Pulitzer and Hearst. The Little Bears (1893–96) was the first American comic with recurring characters, while the first color comic supplement was published by the Chicago Inter-Ocean sometime in the latter half of 1892, followed by the New York Journal’s first color Sunday comic pages in 1897. On January 31, 1912, Hearst introduced the nation’s first full daily comic page in his New York Evening Journal. The history of this newspaper rivalry and the rapid appearance of comic strips in most major American newspapers is discussed by Ian Gordon. Numerous events in newspaper comic strips have reverberated throughout society at large, though few of these events occurred in recent years, owing mainly to the declining role of the newspaper comic strip as an entertainment form.

You can access the information and comics through the sidebar.

The comics are mostly in packages from around 100mb, inside these rar-packages you will find the comics in cbr format.

You can view the comics with any cbr-reader like CDisplay or ComicRack.

I did not scan the comics myself only collect them from various sites on the internet, internet archive, Usenet Newsgroups and torrents.
So thanks to all the scanners and uploaders.
This blog is purely ment to preserve the comics and to enjoy them, no financial meanings are involved, if you like the comics buy them as long as they are availabe, because nothing can beat the feeling of reading a real comic.

If you find something wrong (downloads, numbering, information) please let me know so that i can correct the error.

 

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Thanks to the following sites for information :

Barnacle Press

Wikipedia

 

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  1. Andy says:

    I am trying to find a Newspaper comic strip, which is quite funny. It is called Madam and Eve,

    it is about a Maid called Eve that works for Madam. I think it is australian.

    They also did a lot of books. I have 10 of them in my collection.

    I will scan them. Get them ready. I let you know more about them later.

    Another one that I am looking for is called Marmaduke. It is about a very funny Dog.

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  2. boutje777 says:

    UPDATE 29-04-2018

    Twin Earths the missing D18.

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  3. Moreau says:

    Any chance of Howard the Duck?

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  4. Frank says:

    Andy Capp staggers at 3am in the morning to an apartment building and starts ringing the intercom bells.

    At the first bell he pushes, a Lady answers : ”What do you want?”

    Andy Capp asks: ”Is your Husband home?”

    She replies: ”Yes! Go away. It is 3am in the morning.”

    Andy Capp then pushes another button. Another Lady answers: ”What do you want?”

    Andy Capp asks: ”Is your Husband home?”

    She says: ”Yes! Go away you stupid man, it is 3am in the morning!”

    Andy Capp then pushes another bell. woman replies: ”What do you want at 3am in the morning?”

    Andy Capp asks: ”Is your Husband home?”

    Flo replies: ”No!”

    Andy Capp then says; ”Can you come downstairs, to see if it is me?”

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  5. Michael Hill says:

    Does anyone know anywhere I can download runs of Cathy strips?

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  6. paw broon says:

    Compilation of 2 newspaper strip stories of Caroline Baker, Barrister at Law. These appeared in the Daily Express. Written by Willie Patterson and drawn by Jose Ortiz. Pages gleaned from Bear Alley and ADCCC.
    http://www.mediafire.com/file/1tba6ezl6tv7114/Caroline_Baker%252C_Barrister_at_Law.cbz/file

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  7. boutje777 says:

    UPDATE 24-09-2018

    Ace Comics (13) – New Title
    Andy Capp (1)
    Blondie (1)
    Hagar (5)
    Howard the Duck (11) – New Title
    Jeff Hawke (9)
    Katzenjammer Kids (1)
    Luann (13) – New Title
    Mandrake (1)
    Rip Kirby (17)
    Saint (21)
    Star Weekly (1)
    Wizard of ID (2)

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  8. Martin Williams says:

    Do you know about Billy the Bee in the Evening Standard, from the 1950’s into the 60’s?

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  9. flintlockjaw says:

    Any chance of getting some ‘Jane’ newspaper strips drawn by John M. Burns.

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  10. Philippe Bernaerts says:

    I seem to remember as a kid in the 1970’s reading an American newspaper strip in a Flemish newspaper about a westerner cop who was transferred to a big city PD. Kinda like the movie Coogan’s Bluff or the TV show McCloud. The hero, if I remember correctly wore a cowboy hat, a cowboy gun belt with a .45 single action army and a bomber jacket. Is my memory playing tricks on me? Been searching for that comic strip for years, but I don’t recall the name of it. Did it exist?

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  11. Rui says:

    Amazing! I never expected to find such a dedicated person to 7th art classics. The blog is very well thought and prepared. It made me smile like I did not remember. Thank you and tell me if I can help in any way, with my library, although still on paper since my Dad was young.

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    • boutje777 says:

      Thanks, i will place them with the next update which i am planning for this month because i have new additions also from some titles.

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  12. wesley says:

    I am searching for the second year (April 2000-April 2001) of ZORRO by Don McGregor and can not find them anywhere!

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    • boutje777 says:

      I am afraid you won’t find them here also.

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    • mulo kibizer says:

      I have the complete run in Italian. Would this interest you?

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      • wesley says:

        In Italian? I had no idea such a thing existed.

        That is extremely tempting and I thank you for bringing it to my attention, If I were only interested in the art, I would leap at the chance – but unfortunately, I am a Don McGregor fan & I’m trying to collect up everything that he’s ever written..

        In short, thank you, but no thank you.

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  13. planettom says:

    I wondered if you’d have any leads on this. A guy I know (well, Internet-know) is trying to find a Doctor Who parody strip that ran in the Scotland Sunday Mail in the 1960s.
    https://twitter.com/mrbeamjockey/status/1093542816607887360?s=21

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    • boutje777 says:

      I can’t help you, perhaps a good idea to ask this question on the frontpage from the British Comics Blog, i know some people that follow that blog have quite some knowledge conceirning British comics and strips.

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    • mulo kibizer says:

      IIn the strip J2771 of “Four d Jones” published in the Daily Express of 13/02/1965 the eponymous hero (a comic character) meets the first doctor and after also the daleks. May be this? I enclose the strips.


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  14. boutje777 says:

    UPDATE 14-02-2019

    Alley Oop
    Flook – New Title
    Gun Law – New Title
    Jamess Bond
    Paul Temple
    Saint

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