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Buster Brown
Buster Brown is a comic strip character created in 1902 by Richard Felton Outcault which is known for his association with the Brown Shoe Company. This mischievous young boy was loosely based on a boy near Outcault's home in Flushing, New York. Buster Brown, his sister Mary Jane, and his dog Tige were well known to the American public in the early 20th century. Tige is thought to be the first talking pet to appear in American comics, and, like that of many of his successors, his speech goes unnoticed by adults.

The comic strip began in the New York Herald on May 4, 1902. Outcault left for William Randolph Hearst's employ in 1906, and after a court battle, Outcault continued his strip, now nameless, in Hearst papers, while the Herald continued their own version of Buster Brown with other artists. The latter lasted until 1911 or so, and the former until at least 1921.
Latest Download: Buster Brown 035 (inc)(re-edit)
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Captain Easy
Before Buz Sawyer, Roy Crane wrote and drew Wash Tubbs a gag-a-day strip featuring the misadventures of the diminutive Washington Tubbs II beginning in 1924. It soon became one of the first adventure strips. On February 26, 1929, Crane introduced the soldier of fortune Captain Easy. In 1933 a Sunday Captain Easy strip was launched. Crane turned most of the art on the daily strip over to Leslie Turner to concentrate on the Sundays. The early Sundays featured some of Crane’s finest work.

In 1937 the NEA syndicate required all their Sunday strips to be designed to allow the dropping and rearrangement of panels to fit different formats. This greatly restricted Crane’s artwork and he turned the Sundays over to Turner returning to the dailies. In 1943, Crane left the NEA to create Buz Sawyer. Turner drew the dailies while Walt Scott handled the dailies. During World War II, the strip focused on Captain Easy who in the army, and the daily strip’s name was changed to Captain Easy to match the Sundays.

Mel Graf, Bill Crooks, Jim Lawrence and Mick Casale handled the strip later. The Sunday strip ended in the early 1980s; the daily continued until 1988.

Chris Welkin
Latest Download: Captain Easy 1937 Sundays b+w (png)
Files Available: 4
Gasoline Alley
Gasoline Alley was created by Frank King as one of several panels in the full page, black & white comic page 'Rectangles'. It first appeared on November 24, 1918. This makes it the second longest running comic strip in the US to 'The Katzemjammer Kids'. A daily panel was added on August 24, 1919. Originally the strip featured Walt Wallet and his friends Doc, Avery, and Bill and was centered on their automobiles. After a couple of years, Chicago Tribune editor, Joe Patterson, suggested the strip would have more appeal to women if a baby was added to the cast. So on Valentine's Day 1921, bachelor Walt Wallet found the baby Skeexiz abandoned on his doorstep.

A major innovation in Gasoline Alley was that King had his main characters age in real time. Walt turned 115 on January 5, 2015; Skeexiz is 104. Though Gasoline Alley was not teh first strip to do this, it was certainly the most influential. The strip is now mulch-generational. The latest addition to the family of which I am aware is Boog (born in 2004), the grandchild of Clovia, Skeexiz's daughter. Some of the minor characters like the trashmen, Joel and Rufus, are ageless as is the norm in comics.

In 1959 King's assistant, Dick Moores, took over the daily strip when King retired. Bill Perry had been doing the Sundays since 1951. The Sunday strip as well came to Moores in 1975. Since 1986, Moores' assistant Jim Scancarelli has been writing and drawing it.
Latest Download: Gasoline Alley 1922 dailies (fixed)
Files Available: 13
Little Nemo
Little Nemo is the main fictional character in a series of weekly comic strips by Winsor McCay (1871-1934) that appeared in the New York Herald and William Randolph Hearst's New York American newspapers from October 15, 1905 to April 23, 1911 and April 30, 1911 to 1913; respectively. The strip was first called Little Nemo in Slumberland and then In the Land of Wonderful Dreams when it changed papers. A brief revival of the title occurred from 1924-27.
Latest Download: Little Nemo in Slumberland - The visit to Mars (1914) -fixed
Files Available: 17
Myra North, Special Nurse
(1936-1941)

Myra's adventures in the daily newspapers began Monday, Feb 10, 1936. The artist was Charles Coll. The writer was Ray Thompson, who had ghosted 'Somebody's Stenog' for A.E. Howard, and who would go on to create The 'Fleer Dubble-Bubble Kids'.
Myra sometimes went through the motions of a reasonably normal life, performing normal nursely duties and keeping company with her normal boyfriend, Jack Lane. But it was continually being interrupted by murderous patients, colleagues performing illicit experiments, stuff like that. She also went looking for trouble on occasion, traveling the world in pursuit of world conquerors and other super villains.
You can find more of her in the Dell section inside of The Comics, Crackajack Funnies, Dell Four Color and Red Ryder Comics.
Latest Download: Myra North 1939
Files Available: 4
Napoleon
Napoleon and his owner Uncle Elby first appeared in Clifford McBride’s pantomime comic that was usually printed in various newspapers’ Sunday magazine. Napoleon was a large and clumsy, but extremely clever dog of undermined breed. His playfulness led to all kinds of misadventures, but he was just as apt to save a child or protect a small defenseless animal. Many of the strips were pantomime; as McBride explained in the first strip, there’ll be little conversation. I hate lettering.”

That first Napoleon daily strip appeared on June 6, 1932. It was distributed by LaFave Newspaper Features a minor syndicate. A Sunday strip was added in 1933. Napoleon moved to the McNaught Syndicate enabling it to reach a wider audience. In the late 1940’s McBride was ill and many strips were created by pasting panels of old strips together and rewording them. Much of the art was also handled by McBride’s assistant, Roger Armstrong. After McBride’s death in 1951, his second wife Margot wrote the strip with art by Armstrong.

The strip switched syndicates again in 1952, this time to Mirror Enterprises Syndicate. Joseph Messerli took over the art at this point. He was followed by Ed Nofziger. The Sunday strip ended in 1955; the daily continued until 1960. In 1970, the strip was revived by Margot McBride and artist Foster Moore. It was distributed by a fourth syndicate, Al Smith Service.
Latest Download: Napoleon 1934 dailies
Files Available: 4
Oaky Doaks
Latest Download: Oaky Doaks 1939
Files Available: 5
Out Our Way
Out Our Way was a daily comic panel created by J. R. (James Robert) Williams (1887-1957) and syndicated by Newspaper Enterprise Association starting on March 20, 1922. It was an umbrella title for several alternating series which centered on small-town and working-class folk. The series changed over the years, but the most prominent were The Bull of the Woods (machine shop), Curly and gang (modern cowboys), The Willets (a family), Worry Wart (another family though mostly just a younger and older brother), and the U.S. Cavalry. A Sunday page was added later; this featured just the Willet family and was drawn by Neg Cochran and George Scarbo.
At its height, Out Our Way appeared in more than 700 papers and was read by millions. It is often described as the most clipped and posted newspaper strip ever (at least back in the day when posted meant stuck to something. The strip continued until 1977, twenty years after Williams' death.
Latest Download: Out Our Way 1937 Sundays b+w (png)
Files Available: 28
Latest Download: Polly and Her Pals 1937 dailies
Files Available: 4
Latest Download: Vignettes of Life (1927-Frank Godwin)
Files Available: 4
War On Crime
War on Crime was a daily comic strip from the Ledger Syndicate out of Philadelphia. It was scripted by out of FBI files by staff crime reporter Rex Collier who had won the approval of J. Edgar Hoover for his favorable reporting on the FBI. The artwork was handled for the first year by Kemp Sterrett who was replaced by Jimmy Thompson. The stories were fast paced and soon Collier had run through the big timers like Dillinger and Baby-Face Nelson. The later stories featured lesser-knowns like Glen Applegate. The strip ran for less than two years from May 18, 1936 to January 22, 1938. DCM has the complete series of ten stories. There never was a Sunday strip. The later EC comic of the same name is not related.
Latest Download: War on Crime D1-108 Barker Brothers 11-16-1936 to 3-20-1937 -fixed
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Adam_Ames_1959-09-28 to 1960-01-21 (Lou Fine strip)
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Alphonse and Gaston (1902 - 1903)
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Angel Face 1957
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Archie Boggs (1901-1903- Chicago Tribune )
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Aubrey of the Tenements (1904)
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Before The Flood (1908)
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Ben Webster Sunday F story 1936-7 (png)
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Ben Webster Sunday G story 1937 (png)
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Ben Webster Sunday H story 1937 (png)
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Betty 1919
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Between_Shots (1917-1919)
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Billy Bowwow (1903)
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Binnacle Jim (1904 - 1905)
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Bobby Make Believe (1915-1917 Chicago Sunday Tribune)
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Boots and Her Buddies 1937 Sundays b+w (png)
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Boys Will Be Boys (1909- N.Y. HERALD)
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Brainy Bowers (1903 - 1905)
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Bringing Up Father 1929 Sundays b+w
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Bringing Up Father 1936 Sundays b+w
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Bringing Up Father 1937 Sundays b+w (png)
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Bungle Family 1929 Sundays b+w
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Bungle Family 1937 Sundays b+w (png)
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Bungleton Green (1927 - The Chicago Defender)
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Captain Midnight 1943
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Captain Yank 1943
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Charlie Chaplin's Comic Capers - Series 1 #315 [1917] -fixed
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Chris Welkin-Planeteer 1951
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Chris Welkin-Planeteer 1952
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Chris Welkin-Planeteer 1953
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Chris Welkin-Planeteer 1954
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Dad in Kidland (1911 - 1912)
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Dan Dunn 1937 Sundays (color/b+w)
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Dan Dunn 1938 Sundays (color/b+w)
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Deadshot Bill From Nurseryville (1913)
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Dixie Dugan 1937 Sundays b+w (png)
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Edison
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Ella Cinders 1926.06.21-1926.09.18
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Etta Kett 1938
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Flamengo 1952
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Flyin Jenny 1941.09.28-1942.05.17
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Foxy Grandpa (1902-1912)
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Freckles and His Friends 1937 Sundays b+w (png)
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Gay Thirties_-_107_Panels
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Grimes' Goat (1911 - 1912)
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H E Butzin (1908-1909)
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Happy Hooligan (1902 - 1916)
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Hugo Hercules (1902 - 1903)
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Invisible Scarlet O'Neil 1943 (Sundays)
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Invisible Scarlet O'Neil 1946
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Invisible Scarlett O'Neil, Spring 1942 -fixed
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Junior Journal (1901)
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Just Kids 1929 Sundays b+w
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Just Kids 1936 Sundays b+w
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Just Kids 1937 Sundays b+w (png)
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Ken Winston 1954.08.09-1954.09.04
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Lena Pry 1938-1943 mix
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Little Nemo 1907 -complete
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Little Quacks (1904 - 1909 - L.A. SUNDAY HERALD )
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Little Sammy Sneeze (N.Y. HERALD 1905)
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Little Women Storystrip_1933
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Loony Lit (1907- N.Y. HERALD)
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Lucy and Sophie Say Good Bye (1905)
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Mamma's Angel Child (1908 - 1909 Chicago Tribune)
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Mark Trail (1952 - 1953)
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Merry Pranks of Foxy Grandpa (1902)(c2c)
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Minute Movies 1934.01.02-1934.02.24
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Mr + Mrs 1937 Sundays b+w (png)
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Nick Haliday 1955.01.03-1955.02.25
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Old Opie Dilldock (1907 Chicago Tribune )
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Old Opie Dilldock (1908 Chicago Tribune )
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Old Opie Dilldock (1909 Chicago Tribune )
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Private Lives pt.1
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Private Lives pt.2
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Private Lives pt.3
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Private Lives pt.4
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Regalr Fellers 1928 Sundays
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Rookie_from_13th_Squad -fixed
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Room and Board 1937 Sundays b+w (png)
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Salesman Sam 1930 -Sundays (b&w)
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Secret Agent X-9 1951.10.18 to 1952.02.23
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Sparky Watts
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Swiss Family Robinson 1926
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This Curious World 1937 Sundays b+w (png)
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Timid Soul 1937 Sundays b+w (png)
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Woo Woo Bird (N.Y. HERALD 1909-1910)
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