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George Herriman

Biography

George Herriman

The creator of the zenith of comic strip art Krazy Kat, George Joseph Herriman, was born on August 22, 1880, in New Orleans. In 1900 the he moved to New York, where he sold cartoons to Judge magazine and painted signs for sideshows in Coney Island, where he was occasionally a carny barker. Between 1901 and 1910, Herriman produced his first, regular strip, Musical Mose, as well as other features like Acrobatic Archie, Professor Otto and His Auto, Major Ozone's Fresh Air Crusade, Mary's Home from College, and Gooseberry Sprig, for the Pulitzer papers and the prestigious T.C. McClure Syndicate. In 1910, the artist inaugurated The Dingbat Family, later renamed The Family Upstairs, for The New York Evening Journal, a Hearst paper. In The Family Upstairs the artist used the bottom part of each panel to narrate the stories of the Dingbats' pet, Krazy Kat, and a mouse named Ignatz. Herriman stated that he was doing it to "fill up the waste space."  In 1913, Krazy Kat and Ignatz finally had a strip on their own, while The Family Upstairs folded in 1916. Krazy Kat went on to be one of the most critical acclaimed comic strips of all time.

 

George Herriman

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Part of Fantagraphics’ ambitious plan to reprint every single Sunday Krazy Kat page created by George Herriman for close to three decades