Mr. Skygack, from Mars was a comic strip by cartoonist A.D. Condo. It appeared in the Chicago Day Book, a Chicago working-class newspaper, from 1907 to 1917 in about 400 comic strips and single panels. Like much of Condo’s work in this period, the Mr. Skygack feature was syndicated and appeared in many other papers, including The Seattle Star, The Milwaukee Journal, The Spokane Press, The Pittsburgh Press, The Tacoma Times, and The Duluth Daily Star.
The comic followed the titular Mr. Skygack, a Martian, on his mission to study humans. Mr. Skygack’s comical misunderstandings of Earthly affairs gave Condo the opportunity to comment on and criticize social norms. Skygack subsequently appeared in Condo’s ethnic-humor comic strip Osgar und Adolf.
Mr. Skygack, from Mars is considered the first science fiction comic, featuring the first extraterrestrial character in comics history. It also gave rise to the first recorded sci-fi cosplay when a Mr. William Fell was reported wearing a Mr. Skygack costume to a 1908 masquerade.
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