The Press: Stuff of Dreams

One February morning in 1896, readers of the New York Sunday World found something new in the feature section. It was a three-quarter-page colored panel titled The Great Dog Show in M'Googan's Avenue, and peopled with alley cats, stray hounds and slum bums in high-society clothes. Strutting in its center was a child in a bright yellow nightgown, whose slightly oriental face was sharp with precocious malice. The nasty creature was named The Yellow Kid, and his guttersnipe antics were soon on every New Yorker's tongue. It was the first successful comic strip....

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