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          Richard Felton Outcault (1863-1928) created Hogan’s Alley, which is considered the first commercially successful newspaper comic strip. It featured Mickey Dugan, better known as the Yellow Kid, and Outcault drew this character for the New York World from May 5, 1895 to October 4, 1896. He and his character moved to William Randolph Hearst’s New York Journal where the Yellow Kid appeared in three series, McFadden’s Row of Flats (October 18, 1896-January 10, 1897), Around the World with the Yellow Kid (January 17, 1897-May 30, 1897), and Ryan’s Arcade (September 28, 1897-January 23, 1898). The reason for the four-month hiatus of the feature from the Journal during the summer of 1897 is unknown.
      There were two competing versions of the Yellow Kid in New York papers for more than a year as George Luks drew Hogan’s Alley for Pulitzer’s World from October 11, 1896 until December 5, 1897, and Outcault created the Kid for Hearst’s Journal at the same time.
      The eighty-eight Yellow Kid tear sheets in this digital album are from the San Francisco Academy of Comic Art Collection, Bill Blackbeard, Director.


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