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The Yellow Kid: A Centennial Celebration of the Kid Who Started the Comics

Outcault, R.F.; Bill Blackbeard, intro; William Randolph Hearst III, foreward

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ISBN 10: 0878163808 / ISBN 13: 9780878163809
Published by Kitchen Sink Press, Northampton, 1995
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Fine condition; no dust jacket. 303 pages, further reading list, extensive biographical material with b/w photos plus a large selectrion of color reproductions of comics,4to; coated boards/pictorial front cover. Bookseller Inventory # 015830

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Title: The Yellow Kid: A Centennial Celebration of ...

Publisher: Kitchen Sink Press, Northampton

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Fine

Edition: Stated First Edition.

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The Yellow Kid was the main character in the precursor to today's comic strips (and is so well-recognized as such that the US Postal Service has issued a centennial commemorative stamp in his honor). This volume reprints the Yellow Kid strips for the first time since their original publication in 1895-98 in their entirety and in their original color. Extensive text by Bill Blackbeard, director of the San Francisco Academy of Comic Art traces the history and sets the context. No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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A bald, grinning street urchin in an oversized yellow nightshirt, Outcault's Yellow Kid sparked the "first definitive comic strip in history." With extensive text on the antecedents of the Kid (aka Mickey Dugan), historical information and discussion of the artist's evolution, this volume, collecting all of Outcault's Yellow Kid panels and strips, is a must for aficionados of the comics and of turn-of-the-century Americana. Blackbeard, director of the San Francisco Academy of Comic Art, has provided 15 chapters of commentary with details ranging from the origin of the Yellow Kid's baldness (slum-dwelling children often had their heads shaved to combat lice) to the history of the Hearst versus Pulitzer "newspaper wars." Although the Kid was not the inspiration for the phrase "yellow journalism," the character did cause a flood of mass merchandise?dolls, candy, even cigars. The book includes photos (by Jacob Riis and others) of real children who lived in tenements like those inhabited by the Kid and his pals. Since Outcault's characters often commented on conditions and events of the day, much of Blackbeard's background is useful, although the more casual reader may be overwhelmed. His enthusiasm for Outcault (who later created Buster Brown) often gives way to excessive detail and passive prose, not necessary to enjoying the whimsy of the cartoonist's "accidental" and wonderful invention. Color plates plus b&w illustrations.
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