November 18, 2014

November 18, 1894 was the first Sunday you could sit down with a cup of coffee and read the color comics. On this date, Joseph Pulitzer’s New York World newspaper published the first color Sunday comics supplement.

What have been some of the popular comic characters since the 1890s? Here are ten:

This old film gives us an idea of what it must have been like to watch newspaper presses print the comics in the 1940s.

Another great 1940s example took place in June 1945. During a New York City newspaper delivery drivers strike Mayor LaGuardia went on the radio and read the Sunday comics.

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