Monday, June 24, 2019

Today in the history of the American comic strip: June 24

American cartoonists and writers may not have invented the comic strip, but some argue that the comics, as we know them today, are an American creation. Clearly, the United States has played an outsize role in the development of this underappreciated art form.

6.24.1926: Walt Wallet and Phyllis Blossom finally get married in Frank King’s Gasoline Alley.

6.24.1949: In another high-profile romance, Joe Palooka and Ann Howe are wed in Joe Palooka.

6.24.1969: Frank King, the creator of Gasoline Alley, dies at 86. His strip, which remains in syndication, is the second-longest-running strip in the United States, after The Katzenjammer Kids.

6.24.2008: The Library of American Comics releases the first volume in its set of reprints of Harold Gray’s Little Orphan Annie.

Joe Palooka

Most of the information listed here from one day to the next comes from two online sites -- Wikipedia, and Don Markstein's Toonopedia -- as well as 100 Years of American Newspaper Comics, edited by Maurice Horn. Note that my focus is on American newspaper comic strips (and the occasional foreign strip that gained popularity in the United States). Thus, comic books and exclusively online comics are not included here.

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