Wayback Whensday: 1837, 1906, 1998, +

Jeffrey Lindenblatt’s Paper Trends: The 300 for 1998

In this year’s survey we lost one paper, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, not because the paper went out of business but because the information is not available online. But we did get two papers returning that were not available for the previous year, so this survey covers 256 papers.

Scroll down for more of Jeffrey’s 1998 survey entries at the Stripper’s Guide.


BEFORE THE CARTOON 2: Comic cuts and conversational captions

The Penny Satirist, which called itself “a weekly satirical newspaper” featured the first sustained use of front-page political cartoons in London. The first number of the Penny Satirist arrived in the streets of London on April 22, 1837. That title came to an end on April 25, 1843, and the paper was continued as the London Pioneer. Benjamin Cousins was the printer.

John Adcock at Yesterday’s Papers takes us way back to 1837.


Ripon newspaper owner/author became Wisconsin governor (Peck’s Bad Boy)

George W. Peck (1840-1916) moved to Wisconsin from New York in 1843 with his family to what now is known as Cold Spring. It is located north of Whitewater in Jefferson County.

Peck’s Bad Boy was modeled after street-wise children who committed delinquent and unruly acts only to become reprimanded and held accountable for their bad deeds. For example, a bad boy would be thrown out of a drug store for stealing candy or playing pranks on the pharmacist. Or a bad boy would be in trouble at home and punished by an authoritative parent or guardian. At the end of each chapter or story, a moral and lesson was learned.

The Ripon Press spotlights the career of George W. Peck and his popular Peck’s Bad Boy series.

Allan Holtz has the details of the 1906-07 Peck’s Bad Boy comic strip as adapted by Walt McDougall.


That Explains the Tints

A comic-strip artist never knew the color they would get on their Sunday strips. They could indicate the desired hues and tones, but never be assured of the result. Newspaper comic strips may be unique in the history of art designed for reproduction in that the artist and the publisher both lacked any substantive control over how the danged things were printed!

© Lynn Johnston

In a preview of Glenn Fleishman’s upcoming book he discusses the Sunday Color Comics Supplement.