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Tuesday, 24 September 2019
GEORGE HERRIMAN'S KRAZY KAT - GUEST POST BY BARRY PEARL...
Krazy Kat was a famous and important comic strip that ran from 1913 to 1944. It first appeared in the New York Evening Journal. The early Krazy Kat Sundays were printed only in black and white and appeared in a features page, in a non-colour section of the newspaper. This was usually a section that included articles or editorial cartoons commenting on art, lifestyle, or news events of the day. In early 1922, Hearst's New York American briefly experimented with a Saturday colour comics section that included a full, broadsheet-size Krazy Kat page. It didn’t last long. From 1935 to 1944, Krazy and Ignatz appeared in a tabloid-size comic section only in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and later, Baltimore. These full-colour comics were found in a Saturday comics section, or in a second Sunday section supplementing the regular full-size comics.
Krazy and Ignatz were introduced in an earlier strip, The Dingbat Family in 1910. The weird premise was always that Krazy loves a mouse, Ignatz, who is an ill-tempered, brick throwing mouse.
Krazy was animated and brought to the movie theatres in 1916 and had many incarnations. Now this is speculation, but I truly feel that Krazy influenced the creation of Felix the Cat, who reached the screens in 1919. Felix was an inspiration for Disney’s Oswald the Rabbit and then Mickey Mouse. If you look at their early incarnations they all look alike. So Krazy played an important part in American culture. (Feel free to disagree.)
Posted by Kid at Tuesday, September 24, 2019