Friday, October 7, 2022

Today in the history of the American comic strip: October 7

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.

10.7.1945: Silly Symphony is cancelled. Launched in 1932 as Silly Symphonies, it featured adaptations of Walt Disney cartoons and animated films.
10.7.1989: Fifteen years after Roy Crane's Buz Sawyer abandoned the Sunday comics, the daily strip is eliminated as well.

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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