Comic strip

DEFINITION

A group of cartoons, also called "funnies", they are arranged in narrative sequence and have been published in American newspapers since the late 19th-Century. Comic Strips appear in serial form and are dependent for drawing interest upon an exaggerated figure rather than a story line. Their value is purely entertainment, and they have become one of the most popular forms of visual media. Early comic strips were influenced by Englishman William Hogarth (1697-1764) and Frenchman Honore Daumier (1808-1879). In America, Lyonel Feininger began doing comics as early as 1906. In the mid 1950s, many American artists took up comic-strip art to comment on daily life trivia, and some artists such as Roy Lichtenstein incorporated them into their fine-art painting in a style known as Pop Art. Well-known comic strip artists are Ernie Bushmiller ("Nancy"), Al Capp ("Lil Abner"), George Herriman ("Krazy Kat"), Hank Ketcham ("Dennis the Menace"), Charles Schulz ("Peanuts") and Chic Young ("Dagwood"). Sources: "Phaidon Dictionary of Twentieth-Century Art"; Ron Goulart, "The Encyclopedia of American Comics"

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