1933 – When Newspapers (and Comics) Reigned

The height of the depression might have been the height of the rule of newspapers,
and the major feature in newspapers then was the comic strip.

Inflation Calculator says $1,000 in 1933 equals almost $20,000 today.


Popular cartoonists were celebrities. and magazines included feature stories about their success.
The April 1933 issue of Fortune was one that informed readers about some of the favorites.


The first half of the article can be read as a jpeg here.

The full article can be read in pdf here.

In 1933 radio was a strong competitor to newpaper (and comics) for people’s attention.
A couple decades later televison would start taking eyeballs and advertising dollars away.
Then, eventually, along came the affordable and speedy internet.