1920s in comics

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This is a timeline of significant events in comics in the 1920s.

1920[edit]

1921[edit]

1922[edit]

1923[edit]

  • February 22: The final episode of Harry Julius' The Crazy Crew of the Crayfish is published.[29]
  • March 15: Percy Crosby's Skippy makes its debut.
  • May 22: Sol Hess and Wallace Carlson's The Nebbs makes its debut.[30][31]
  • June 19: Frank Willard and Ferd Johnson's Moon Mullins makes its debut. It will until 2 June 1991.
  • August 1: Otto Messmer adapts the animated cartoon character Felix the Cat into a comic strip.[32]
  • September 16: Syd Nicholls's Fatty Finn makes its debut. It will run until July 1977.
  • December 8: The first issue of Jungle Jinks magazine is published. It will last a mere two years.[33][34]
  • The Scottish comics magazine The Vanguard makes its debut. It will run until 1926.
  • Dutch cartoonist Ton van Tast creates his comic strip De Daverende Dingen Dezer Dagen for the Dutch satirical magazine Paljas. It will run from 1923 until 1948.[35]
  • The first episode of Lee W. Stanley's The Old Home Town is published, which will run until 1944.[36]
  • Bjarne Restan's Per og Peik i Sukkerlandet makes its debut.[37]
  • Oda Nobutsune and Katsuishi Kabashima create The Adventures of Sho-Chan. [38]

1924[edit]

1925[edit]

1926[edit]

  • March 1: The first episode of Roland J. Scott's newspaper comic series Sally Sallies is published. [61]
  • March 21: The final episode of Wynne W. Davies' Percy the Pommy appears in print.[62]
  • April: The first issue of the Italian children's and comics magazine Giornale dei Ragazzi is published. It will run until November 1943. .[63] Featuring a dutiful observance of the moral dictates of Fascism, the magazine consisted mostly of columns on various topics, and introduced the comics (of strict Italian production, in compliance with the directives of the MinCulPop) only from the 8th number in last year of publication.[63]
  • April 19: Al Posen's series Jinglet debuts. It will run, with an interruption between 1950 and 1953, until 1960.[64]
  • May 2: The final episode of Ruth Vickery's Betty and Bill is published.[65]
  • May 9: Norman McMurray's Fish and Chips debuts. It will run until 26 June 1927.[66]
  • May 16: The first episode of Billy DeBeck's Parlor, Bedroom and Sink is published, which would change its name to Bunky later on.[19]
  • June 24: In Frank King's Gasoline Alley Walt Wallet marries Phyllis Blossom.[10]
  • July: Hergé publishes his first actual comic strip, The Adventures of Totor in the Belgian scouting magazine Le Boy Scout Belge. It will run until July 1929.[67]
  • August: Harry Julius launches his comic strip Mr. Gunk - He Didn't Think!.[68]
  • December 26: The final episode of Winsor McCay's Little Nemo in Slumberland is published.[69]
  • Otto Nückel publishes his pantomime comic/wordless novel Schicksal (Destiny).
  • William St. John Glenn creates Oscar in The Belfast Telegraph.[70]
  • The final issue of the Flemish comics magazine De Geïllustreerde Kinderwereld is published.[71]
  • Specific date unknown: Rolf Kluge takes over Skomakker Bekk of Tvillingene Hans from Jan Lunde.[45]
  • Larry Redner launches The Tinymites.[72]
  • Jack Lait and Louis Biedermann publish the children's book All The Funny Folks, in which comics characters from different series have a cross-over. [73]

1927[edit]

1928[edit]

  • February 11: Dudley D. Watkins' Morgyn the Mighty makes its debut in the 304th issue of The Rover.[85]
  • April 21: The first issue of the Chinese comics magazine Shanghai Manhua is published and will run until 7 June 1930.[86]
  • May 2: In Frank King's Gasoline Alley Walt and Phyllis Blossom have a natural-born son, Corky. Many readers sent in angry letters because it implies that the couple must have had sexual intercourse. Walt's first child, Skeezix, was found at his doorstep and thus avoided controversy.[10]
  • May 21: Sal Bostwick's Room and Board is first published.[87]
  • June 4: Les Forgrave's Big Sister debuts. It will run until 1972.[88]
  • April 30: Glenn Chaffin and Hal Forrest's Tailspin Tommy makes its debut.[89]
  • August 13: Lyman Young's Tim Tyler's Luck makes its debut.[90]
  • October 19: Dante Quinterno's Patoruzú makes its debut.
  • November 1: The first issue of the Belgian comics magazine Le Petit Vingtième is published, with Hergé as both its chief editor and main illustrator and comics artist. In its first issue the comic Flup, Nénesse, Poussette et Cochonnet is published, which will run until 7 March 1929.[67]
  • December 10: Harold C. Earnshaw creates the newspaper comic strip The Pater. It will run until 28 February 1931.[91]
  • Bruno Angoletta's Marmittone makes its debut.
  • Elov Persson's Agust och Lotta makes its debut.[80]
  • Kitazawa Rakuten creates Tonda Haneko Jō (とんだはね子嬢,, "Miss Haneko Tonda"), the first manga starring a female protagonist.

1929[edit]

January[edit]

February[edit]

April[edit]

  • April: Carlo Bisi's Sor Pampurio makes its debut in Corriere dei Piccoli.
  • April: Don Wootton's Seeing Stars, a daily comic with biographical trivia about Hollywood stars, debuts.[96]

May[edit]

  • May 10: Irving Knickerbocker publishes the first episode of Mac, which will be continued by different artists until 1943.[97]

July[edit]

August[edit]

October[edit]

December[edit]

Specific date unknown[edit]

  • Jan Lunde's Dimpen og Dumpen makes its debut.[45]
  • Westphal's Star Dust, a daily comic about Hollywood stars, makes its debut.[102]

Deaths[edit]

1920[edit]

  • February 14: Hans Schliessman, German illustrator and comics artist, dies at age 58.[103]
  • November 5: Henri de Sta, French illustrator and cartoonist (Toby le Giraffe), dies at age 74.[104]
  • December 11: F. H. Townsend, British illustrator, cartoonist and comics artist, dies at age 52 while playing a game of golf.[105]
  • Specific date unknown: Fernando Xumetra Ragull, aka F. Xumetra, Spanish illustrator, painter, decorator and comics artist (made early picture stories, aka comics), dies at age 60. [106]

1921[edit]

  • May 13: Arpad Schmidhammer, German caricaturist, book illustrator and comics artist (Totentanz der Politik), passes away at age 64.[107]
  • Specific date unknown: August von Meissl, Austrian illustrator and comics artist, dies at age 43 or 44.[108]

1923[edit]

  • March 27: Kate J. Fricero, French illustrator and comics artist (Les Distractions de Mlle Nini), dies at age 45.[109]
  • May 29: Adolf Oberländer, German caricaturist, cartoonist, comics artist and illustrator, dies at age 77.[110]
  • June: Syd B. Griffin, American comics artist (Mister Bings and the Twentieth Century, continued Little Umjiji), dies at age 58.[111]
  • November 24: Myer Marcus, aka Billy Liverpool, American comics artist (Percy Vere, Doubting Thomas, Big Scalper), dies at age 55.[112]
  • December 13: Théophile Alexandre Steinlen, Swiss-French illustrator, painter, poster and comics artist (made various text comics and pantomime comics for several magazines), passed away at age 64.[113]

1924[edit]

  • January 19: Édouard François Zier, French illustrator, painter and comics artist (ghosted a few episodes of Bécassine), dies at age 67 or 68.[114]
  • April 3: Franz von Bayros, Croatian-Austrian illustrator, dies at age 57.[115]
  • July 8: Walter R. Allman, American comics artist (The Doings of The Duffs), passes away at age 40.[116]
  • July 11: Jules Depaquit, French caricaturist, cartoonist, poet, playwright, illustrator and comics artist, dies at age 54.[117]
  • July 24: Palmer Cox, Canadian illustrator and comics artist (The Brownies), dies at age 84.[118]
  • Specific date unknown: James Brian Fitzmaurice, Canadian comics artist, dies at age 48 or 49.[119]

1925[edit]

  • March 19: Firmin Bouisset, French illustrator, lithographer, poster designer and comics artist, dies at age 65.[120]
  • July 7: Lothar Meggendorfer, German illustrator and comics artist, dies at age 77.[121]
  • September 13: Margaret G. Hays, American children's book writer, comics writer (wrote comics for her sister Grace Drayton) and artist (Jennie and Jack, Also The Little Dog Jap), dies at age 51.[122]
  • October 5: Fritz Gareis jr., Austrian caricaturist and comics artist (Bilderbogen des kleinen Lebens), dies at age 62.[123]

1926[edit]

  • January: Teodoro Gascón Baquero, Spanish pharmacist and comics artist, dies at age 75.[124]
  • February 4: Adolphe Willette, French illustrator, painter, caricaturist and comics artist (made several one-shot text comics and pantomime comics), dies at age 68.[125]
  • May 24: Clarence Rigby, American comics artist (Toyland, The Wooden Babes, Bruno and Pietro, Little Ah Sid, Inquisitive Clarence, Adventures of a Pair of Jacks, Professor Blackart), dies at age 60.[126]
  • June 3: Diógenes Taborda, Argentine comics artist, dies at age 35 or 36.[127]
  • August 7: T. S. Sullivant, American illustrator and comics artist, passes away at age 71.[128]
  • October 11: Albert Robida, French comics artist, illustrator, caricaturist, novelist and journalist (Le Vingtième Siècle, La Guerre au vingtième siècle and Le Vingtième siècle. La vie électrique), passes away at age 78.[129]
  • November 16: Karel Klíč, Czech illustrator, painter, photo engraver, lithographer and comics artist (Die Friedensverhandlungen), passes away at age 85.[130]
  • December 1: Draner, Belgian caricaturist, comics artist and costume designer (made text comics for Le Charivari), dies at age 93.[131]
  • Specific date unknown: Teodoro Gascón Baquero, Spanish illustrator and comics artist, dies at age 75 or 76.[132]

1927[edit]

  • March 11: Edouard Pépin, French caricaturist, illustrator and comics artist, dies at age 85.[133]
  • August 21: Livingston Hopkins, American-Australian cartoonist and comics artist (Professor Tigwissel's Burglar Alarm), dies at age 81.[134]
  • December 3: Joseph A. Lemon (Willy Cute, Professor Bughouse), dies at age 57.[135]

1928[edit]

  • June 22: Arthur Burdett Frost, American illustrator, painter, graphic artist and comics writer and artist (Our Cat Eats Rat Poison, aka Fatal Mistake), dies at age 77.[136]
  • August 15: Joaquín Moya Ángeles, aka Moya, Spanish caricaturist, illustrator and comics artist, dies at an unknown age.[137]
  • September 25: Richard F. Outcault, American comics artist (The Yellow Kid, Buster Brown), dies at the age of 65.[15]
  • October 8: Larry Semon, American comedian and comics artist (Billiken, Larry, Mr. Wood B. Sport), dies at age 39 from TBC.[138]
  • October 10: Ed Carey, American comics artist (Brainy Bowers and Drowsy Duggan, Simon Simple, Professor Hypnotiser), dies at age 66 or 67 from a cerebral hemorrhage.[139]

1929[edit]

  • January 18: Charles Jay Taylor, American comics artist (Mr. Firstlove), dies at age 83.[140]
  • May 2: Tad Dorgan, American comics artist (Indoor Sports, Judge Rummy), dies at age 52.[141]
  • July 11: Willem van der Nat, Dutch illustrator, sculptor and comics artist, passes away at age 54.[142]
  • August 9: Heinrich Zille, German illustrator, caricaturist, photographer, cartoonist and comics artist (Vadding), dies at age 71.[143]
  • October 17: W.L. Wells, American comics artist (Old Nicodemus Nimble, continued Old Opie Dilldock's Stories), passes away at age 81.[144]
  • November 18: Victor Schramm, Romanian comics artist (Karl and Fritz), dies at age 64.[145]
  • December 8: Georges Delaw, French painter, illustrator and comics artist (Les Mille et un Tours de Placide Serprolet), dies at age 67.[146]

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