With today (July 24) being Tell an Old Joke Day, we’re bringing you a Flashback Friday of epic proportions! Join us aboard the GoComics time machine as we travel as far back as 1895, retracing the steps of comic history and highlighting a few of our vintage features that helped shape the world of cartooning as we know it.
Our journey begins where funnies first started: Origins of the Sunday Comics. Spanning 1895 to 1915, Origins of the Sunday Comics offers a look at some of the very first comics ever created. Whether you’re a history buff, a comic fanatic, or both, it’s impossible not to be wowed by how far the Sunday funnies have come.
The definition of “timeless,” Winsor McCay’s Little Nemo first appeared in 1905, and still delights readers to this day. A beautiful strip, McCay’s endless imagination splashes onto each page in glorious color, taking you on whimsical adventures to places you’ve only dreamed of.
As we continue our transition into the 20th century, we stop in 1921: the year that “Australia’s Favourite Boy” first came onto the scene. Since debuting in Sydney’s Sunday Sun newspaper, Ginger Meggs has transcended generations as one of the longest-running cartoons in comic history. Ninety years later, under the pens of multiple cartoonists, Ginger Meggs may have a new look, but his boyish charm is still very much present, and as delightful as ever.
With another year comes the debut of another classic comic strip, Fritzi Ritz. In 1933, Ernie Bushmiller, who took over the strip three years after its debut, introduced a new character: a precocious 8-year old girl. By 1938, Fritzi Ritz was renamed Nancy, after its new little star, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Nancy Classics transports us back to 1955: a time of poodle skirts and bobby socks, during the peak of Nancy’s fame. Between the simplicity of the time period and Nancy’s enduring, childlike innocence, it’s hard not to smile when reading this strip.
The journey continues! Let’s travel to 1923, when, to the joy of readers and critics alike, Percy Crosby’s legendary Skippy first appeared in newspapers. Serving as inspiration behind many popular comics – such as Peanuts and Calvin and Hobbes –to name a few, Skippy is undoubtedly one of the most beloved characters of all time.
Our final destination is 1950, as Peanuts Begins takes us through the classic adventures of the Peanuts gang, from their very first appearance in newspapers. Charlie Brown and all your favorites are here to accompany you on your trip down memory lane, and, together, you can retrace the steps leading to what is now regarded as one of history’s most iconic comic strips.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this cruise through comic history as much as we have! Our trip may be over, but you can celebrate Tell an Old Joke Day any day, with all of our timeless classics on GoComics!