Comic Strips and Consumer Culture: 1890-1945 by Ian Gordon

By Ian Gordon

Comedian Strips and client tradition explores how comedian strips contributed to the growth of a mass client tradition that used to be more and more pushed through visible pictures. He information how "Gasoline Alley" encouraged the pleasures of the auto and the way 1920's operating woman Winnie Winkle grew to become decided to accomplish a middle-class way of life. the discovery of the comedian publication within the Nineteen Forties additionally produced a super-licensed Superman, whose female friend Lois Lane even went on a buying spree in the course of a interval of wartime rationing.

Comic strips emerged simply as american citizens have been starting to outline themselves much less by way of what they made and believed and extra by way of what they got. Ian Gordon indicates that the main enduring function of the strips has been not just to reflect a burgeoning client tradition but in addition to actively put up for sale.

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The Topeka Daily Capital's Sunday circulation rose from 15,500 in October 1903 to 16,741 in January 1904 after strips commenced on November 22, 1903. 7 These circulation figures also give some idea of the regional circulation of the papers. In 1900 Memphis had a population of 102,320, and Topeka 33,608. Either one in three people in Memphis and one in two people in Topeka bought these papers or a good part of their circulation was outside the city limits. 7 percent of the population in the centers where they were published.

Nicholas Magazine in the early 1880s and then in books, comic strips, and a num- I:' rom FEUDAL PRIDE IN Lancature to Comic Strips 27 BOGAN'S ALLEY . m ~ lfcGJU'II'-~O ; we ... od Jl&i"> had o! u-Jrl' 4. Richard Felton Outcault, "Feudal Pride in Hogan's Alley," Truth (june 2, 1894), p. 90. her of products, including Kodak's Brownie cameras. The joke in this cartoon, "Fourth Ward Brownies," operates on two levels. First, by having "Mickey the Artist" draw the simple features of a "brownie" on a fellow kid, Outcault implied that Cox's work was childish and easily done.

This graphic was a comic depiction, in a series of panels, of love over the centuries. Opper used both word balloons and rhyming text underneath the panels to effect his joke. "Cupid's Everlasting 'Jolly'" symbolized the transformation of narrative comic art in turn-of-the-century America. '>tTJps and Consumer Culture disappeared with the end of the nineteenth century, and the comic strip complete with characters, panels, and word balloons blossomed. By March 1901 Opper used word balloons in almost all his comic strip work.

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