Funny Business: The Yellow Kid

Funnies like Puck, Judge or St. Nicholas were highly popular in the 19th century and New York's newspaper publishers soon took the opportunity to raise their print runs by adding funny supplements to their papers. The famous Sunday Comic Supplement was born on November 18, 1894 when Pulitz...


Pulp Fiction – Crime Pays

They are among the most influential forms of publication of the 20th century and smell of nostalgia and old paper: pulp magazines. On their colourful covers, heroes are fighting monsters, cowboys are getting ready to duel and sweet yet lightly dressed ladies are waiting to be rescued, whil...


Call of the gold: "Journey To The Gold Diggins"

In the mid-19th century the cultural development of comic books as an art form met with another famous social phenomenon: the California "Gold Rush". On January 24, 1848 James W. Marshall had found gold near Sutter's Mill. It didn't take long for the first gold diggers to arrive in Cailfor...


Superman, Superman. Who owns you?

George Lucas is an envied man. Creating the "Star Wars" Universe turned him into one of Hollywood's richest and most famous directors. After the first part of his space saga hat turned out a great success, he did something crazy: he declined an offer for better payment on the follow ups an...


Of bachelors and heavy drinkers: George Cruikshank

Born into an artist family on September 27, 1792, the British caricaturist and illustrator George Cruikshank joined his brother Isaac Robert to follow in their famous father's footsteps. Isaac Cruikshank was known to be one of the Empire's best caricaturists and inspired his sons' work. Ge...


John Warren's Backdoor Into The Little Shop of Horrors

In the late 1960s the US comic book industry was confronted with a huge dilemma: All comic books sold at public newsstands had to undergo censorship and needed the approval of the Comic's Code on their cover. During these times, magazines represented the big exception from the rule - and b...


"The Adventures of Mr. Obadiah Oldbuck" – A swissman writes comic book history

A Swiss artist and teacher, Rudolf Töpffer (1799–1846), started to create "picture novels" in 1827. He reproduced his stories by means of lithography and first published them in France. And it happened the way it always does: Good stuff gets copied. Aside from the original prints a number...


It started with a picture

Comics are trendy. They have become an essential part of the licencing and film industry and at the same time have found their way back into the big newspapers and magazines. Almost every editor who knows his trade has one or several of the best known comic book artist working for them. Th...