Special Collections has many good examples of pre-20th century and early 20th century comics and cartoons. Most are from Europe, the UK, and the United States. One notable exception is O Tico Tico, a Brazilian children's magazine, for which we have nearly all of the first 325 issues (1905-1911).
Ruth Ann Jones
Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections
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Bécassine (French; published continuously 1905-1939 with later revivals) - The most important early female protagonist in French comics. Several authors and artists have been involved during Bécassine's publication history. Find in Special Collections.
Clare A. Briggs (American, 1875-1930) - Known for his Ain't It a Grand and Glorious Feeling?, Mr. and Mrs., and others. Find in Special Collections.
Wilhelm Busch (German, 1832-1908) - Creator of Max and Moritz, inspiration for The Katzenjammer Kids. Find in Special Collections.
Grace G. Drayton (American, 1878-1936) - One of the earliest female comic artists, creator of Dolly Dingle and the Campbell Soup Kids, among other charaters. Find in Special Collections.
Imagerie d'Épinal, also known as Imagerie Pellerin - French publishing house, established 1796, which originated the practice of printing cartoons on a single, large sheet of newsprint. This style is now called an "épinal". Find in Special Collections.
George McManus (American, 1884-1954) - Creator of the long-running comic strip Bringing Up Father. Find in Special Collections.
R.F. (Richard Felton) Outcault (American, 1863-1928) - Creator of The Yellow Kid and Buster Brown. Find in Special Collections.
Emmanuel Poiré, pseudonym "Caran d'Ache" (French, 1858-1909) - Political cartoonist whose pseudonym was adopted by a Swiss manufacturer of art supplies. Find in Special Collections.
Carl E. Schultze, pseudonym "Bunny" (1866-1939, American) - Creator of Foxy Grandpa. Find in Special Collections.
E.C. (Elzie Crisler) Segar (American, 1894-1938) - Creator of Popeye and several volumes of Charlie Chaplin comics. Find in Special Collections.
Rodolphe Töpffer (Swiss, 1799-1845) - Considered by many scholars to be the first comic artist. Find in Special Collections.
Mary Tourtel (British, 1874-1948) - Creator of the comic strip Rupert Bear. Find in Special Collections.