1900s in comics

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This is a timeline of significant events in comics in the 1900s.


U.S. publications[edit]

European publications[edit]

  • Johannes Franciscus Nuijens (Korporaal Achilles), a Dutch Catholic teacher, publishes the political comic book Aanleiding tot den Engelsch-Transvaalschen Oorlog (Reason for the English-Transvaal War). [2]


U.S. publications[edit]


Chinese publications[edit]

European publications[edit]

U.S. publications[edit]

  • January 8: first appearance of The Story of Hungry Henrietta by Winsor McCay.[9]
  • June 26: first appearance of A Pilgrim’s Progress by McCay.
  • October 15: first publication of Little Nemo in Slumberland by McCay in New York Herald.[10]
  • Unknown date: a collection of McCay's Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend strips is published by the Frederick A. Stokes Company of New York.



U.S. publications[edit]

  • November 1: first appearance of The Umbrella Man by John Hager for the Seattle Daily Times, appearing on the front page as a supplement for the weather.[11] Not titled as the Umbrella Man, but called that May 3, 1913, under a section called "Features of Today's Paper".


  • December 7, 1902: Thomas Nast, American cartoonist, caricaturist, illustrator and comics artist, dies at age 62 of yellow fever. [12]
  • January 23, 1905: Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro, Portuguese illustrator, caricaturist and comics artist (Zé Povinho), dies at age 58. [13]
  • November 28, 1906: Oskar Andersson, aka O.A., Swedish comics artist (Mannen Som Gör Vad Som Faller Honom In (The Man Who Does Whatever Comes To His Mind), Urhunden), commits suicide at the age of 29. [14]
  • January 9, 1908: Wilhelm Busch, German illustrator, poet, painter, graphic artist and comics artist (Max und Moritz), dies at age 75.[15]
  • February 25, 1909: Caran d'Ache, French caricaturist, cartoonist and comics artist, dies at age 50. [16]