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Early Realistic Comic Strip Drawing

11 days ago   |   By Art Contrarian

This post deals with the slow introduction of realistically-depicted characters in American comic strips.
Details are in the image captions below. Please note that I didn't undertake a hardcore scholarly study of the subject, though I did rely on a few books in my reference library to refine my memory. Therefore, take the examples below as indicative, though not necessarily "firsts" in terms of appearance.
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Happy Hooligan by Frederick Burr Opper - 6 November 1902
This important strip dates from 1900 and the character depictions are in line with the norms of the time. More...
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