Via the Comics Reporter comes this story out of the Lincoln Tribune. January 24 is a loaded day when it comes to comic history.
Tuesday, January 24th. – This is a big month in the history of America’s comic strips and cartoons. Charles Addams, whose most famous creation was the ghoulish “Addams Family” was born in January, as was Chic Young, creator of the long-running strip “Blondie and Dagwood.”
And January is the birth month of Richard Outcault, generally considered the father of the newspaper comics, whose “Yellow Kid” appeared in the 1890s. It was also this month in 1929 that “Popeye,” the famous muscular sailor, along with his friends Olive Oyl and Wimpy, began newspaper syndication. That year, there were 21-hundred daily newspapers published in the U.S., with a circulation of more than 42-million.