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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.

I only place newspaperstrips from before 2000, with the occasional exception.

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. boutje777 says:

    UPDATE 30-09-2019

    Paul Temple 78 The Cabloni Affair (thanks to Paw Broon)

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  2. boutje777 says:

    UPDATE 01-10-2019

    Upgrade for Paul Temple – The Aphrodite Affair

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  3. ar says:

    Boutje777

    Good Morning
    I think the answer will be no, but I would like to ask:

    I have two Buz Sawyer stories from 1966 (Buz Sawyer 19660815-19660924 and Buz Sawyer 19660926-19661210) only that the subtitles are in Portuguese.

    I couldn’t find these two situations anywhere.

    Are you interested?
    A hug
    ar

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  4. boutje777 says:

    UPDATE 05-10-2019

    Buz Sawyer (2 stories in Portuguese) Thanks to ar

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  5. ar says:

    Boutje777

    Good afternoon

    Here is another compilation of Buz Sawyer, in this case the number 40
    See you next time

    https://www.mediafire.com/file/l7kwyyyibwy9g6l/Buz_Sawyer_D040.cbr/file

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  6. boutje777 says:

    UPDATE 15-10-2019

    Buz Sawyer D040 (Thanks to ar)

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  7. boutje777 says:

    UPDATE 24-10-2019

    Rip Kirby
    Tumbleweeds

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  8. boutje777 says:

    UPDATE 02-11-2019

    B.C.
    Conan the Barbarian
    Li’l Abner
    Wizard of ID

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  9. boutje777 says:

    UPDATE 21-11-2019

    Adam Ames
    Axa
    Blondie
    Carol Day
    Casey Ruggle
    Jeff Cobb
    Paul Temple
    Sam’s Strip – New Title
    Steve Roper

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  10. boutje777 says:

    UPDATE 03-12-2019

    Complete and better Quality Modesty Blaise – 30 – Highland Witch

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  11. Heinz says:

    Hi, Boutje. I have a question for ar.

    Hi, ar. The cover of Buck_Rogers_S62_D074 looks like you made it. Did you have the later ones too? If not, I could scan 1961 to 1965.

    Heinz

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  12. ar says:

    Good morning Heinz and boutje777

    I’m not really the creator of the introductory page of Buck Rogers’ daily/weekly stories.
    However, I think it’s not difficult to adapt from one of the existing ones so that we can complement the missing stories.
    In other words, I’m available to start gradually reviewing and adding what’s missing from the site, just like I did with Brick Bradford’s daily stories, as I’m also going to use it to complement my collection.
    I’ve already managed to come up with a document with Buck Rogers’ Comic Strip Story Guide that mentions the existence of 106 daily stories and 81 weekly stories, and other situations…
    Heinz:
    The years 1961 to 1965 refer the stories S64 to S81 so I think we are all waiting for your scans.

    By the way, I leave the notice once again, and in relation to Brick Bradford, that only lack the following strips to finish completely the 141 daily stories
    D042 – 26/05/1956 : 31/05/1956
    D052 – 27/01/59 ; 31/01/59 ; 10/02/59 ; 17/02/59 ; 20/02/59 ; 21/02/59
    27/02/59 ; 28/02/59 ; 05/03/59 ; 09/03/59 , 11/03/59 ; 20/03/59
    D120 – 23/11/1978
    D131 – 05/07/1982
    D136 – 06/071984 ; 03/11/1984 ; 04/04/1985
    D138 – 25/12/1985
    If anyone has access to the referenced strips, please make them available here.
    Thank you

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  13. ar says:

    Good afternoon Heinz and boutje777

    I am sorry, but I have to retract myself, for what I said in the previous message, it is not entirely true.

    In fact, the period Heinz refers from 1961 to 1965, and assuming it is the weekly stories, will more or less correspond to the S64 to S81 stories, which are already on the site, so I don’t think Heinz needs to have the job of digitising.

    However, if it’s not the weekly stories, but the daily ones, then the time period mentioned is more specifically the D76 to D79 stories, which leads me to start thanking you right now for the scans, which he’s generously offering to do.

    Heinz, I await your comments.

    A hug to all.

    PS: Whoever wants to help complete the missing stories can (and should) help.

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  14. ar says:

    I am going to do it.

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  15. ar says:

    Done
    Link for the update of Brick Bradford D052, placed in the respective page
    leegts – Thank You very much for your strips

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  16. boutje777 says:

    UPDATE 11-12-2019

    Brick Bradford – D052 – Man on the Moon
    Complete and better quality

    Romeo Brown – 20 The Secret of Black Barbary
    Romeo Brown – 25 The Snow Maiden

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  17. ar says:

    Link for the new Buz Sawyer D041 daily story placed in the respective page.

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  18. ar says:

    Link for the update Brick Bradford – D042 – Something Borrowed, Something Blue placed in the respective page.

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  19. ar says:

    Good afternoon

    Here is another compilation of Garth in this case:

    Compilation – Garth 112 Winning is All

    and the link to it:

    https://www.mediafire.com/file/esnlbdk3ci0dqya/Compilation_-_Garth_112_Winning_is_All.rar/file

    See you next time

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  20. boutje777 says:

    UPDATE 21-01-2020

    Following titles has 1 or more updates.

    Buck Rogers
    Buz Sawyer
    Garth
    Gordo
    Romeo Brown

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  21. ar says:

    Good afternoon

    Here is another compilation of Garth in this case:

    Compilation – Garth 113 Whose Finger on the Button

    and the link to it:

    https://www.mediafire.com/file/0qo0brjld448md3/Compilation_-_Garth_113_Whose_Finger_on_the_Button.rar/file

    See you next time

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  22. ar says:

    Good afternoon Heinz.

    hope everything is alright with you

    Any news about Buck Rogers?

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  23. boutje777 says:

    UPDATE 20-02-2020

    Ace Comics
    Big Chief Wahoo
    Mary Worth

    Feature Book
    King Comics
    Magic Comics
    Tip Top Comics

    These 4 are new titles, i placed those here because most of these titles has reprinted newspaperstrips of notable characters, just like Ace Comics that was allready on this blog.

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  24. Ar says:

    Good morning, everyone.

    So that you can update Mary Worth’s 1953 year, here is the link to the set of 313 strips from 1953.

    A hug.

    Ar

    https://www.mediafire.com/file/vnck3bri5gqpnuh/Mary_Worth_1953.rar/file

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  25. boutje777 says:

    UPDATE 23-02-2020

    I’ve made 1 new page Buck Ryan from the 3 pages that were on the British Compilationsblog, it’s in the widges with the picturelinks.

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  26. Dearest boutje, how can a person thank in the way deserved, someone like you? What you have done is almost unimaginable, it is such a blessing for someone like me who loves old newspaper strips so much, to have come across what you have done. I honestly have not the words you deserve so I will only say…THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. What you have done is passed admirable.

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  27. juha karsikko says:

    Hi !
    THANK YOU VERY VERY MUCH for latest additions of Prince valiant to your much appreciated comics site.
    Could you fix some minor errors I noticed:
    1996-05-05 18/53 not change to page 3091 (shows page 3090)
    1996-05-12 19/53 not change to page 3092 (shows page 3090)
    1996-05-19 19/53 not change to page 3093 (shows page 3090)
    1996-05-25 20/53 not change to page 3094 (shows page 3090)
    1996-06-09 22/53 not change to page 3096 (shows page 3095)
    1996-06-16 23/53 not change to page 3097 (shows page 3095)
    1997-01-05 01/53 should be page 3126 , but shows wrong page 3125 (dated 1996-12-29)
    Thanking in advance

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  28. ar says:

    Good afternoon.

    To help the colleague’s request for the exchanged pages from 1996/1997 of Principe Valente, here is a link to the requested set.

    It follows in two ways. In English with the pages in horizontal, and in Spanish with the pages vertical.

    I hope it helps

    https://www.mediafire.com/file/nrza1xtx6mvywm9/temp.rar/file

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  29. M.R.P.P says:

    Can,t we read the stopped sl comics of word press web again
    .M.R.P.P

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  30. Ar says:

    Good afternoon, everyone.

    boutje777:

    I hope you’re all well, given the little news that’s been coming around here.
    To cheer up Rip Kirby fans, here’s an update to the story 128.

    This story takes place between 811214 and 820206.

    On the site it only went until 820105, so I collected the missing strips.

    Since they were taken from newspaper pages, they doesn’t have much quality but anyway I think it is good enough to keep

    Here goes the link

    https://www.mediafire.com/file/vvadv5c713ukn9q/Rip_Kirby_128_%28811214_-_820206%29.rar/file

    A hug to all and in Portuguese #fiqueemcasa, in English #stayinhome.

    Ar

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  31. Ar says:

    Just share ir, Please tru now.
    Also left a message in RKirby folder, for the 2 page corrupted.
    Ar

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  32. Ralph Fenton says:

    Hi–What is the app needed to read these strips? My Mac says there is none!

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    • boutje777 says:

      I am afraid i can’t help you. I use a desktop with Windows as OS. Perhaps someone else knows what app to use with a Mac.

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  33. Ar says:

    A little help with the question of how to read comics at the MAC.

    One trip to Google brought the names of the following applications:

    ComicBookLover – attention this application is not free.

    As free options we have:
    Comical
    SimpleComic
    FFview
    Jomic
    Sequential
    Cooviewer.

    I think it helped,
    a hug

    Ar

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