Charles W. Saalburg

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Charles W. Saalburg
Charles W. Saalburg, photograph.jpg
Saalburg ca. 1908

Charles William Saalburg (1865–1947) was an American cartoonist and illustrator who lived in San Francisco, and whose work appeared in the San Francisco Wasp and Examiner, the New York World, as well as periodicals in Paris and London.[1] In 1894 he created The Ting Ling Kids comic strip for the Chicago Inter Ocean, which is typically considered the earliest regular American newspaper comic strip to be printed in color.[2] As chief of the World's color department, he is also credited with giving the bright yellow color to R. F. Outcault's famous character the Yellow Kid: when in 1895 he used the Kid's characteristic oversized shirt to test a new, quick-drying yellow ink.[3][4] The Yellow Kid, originally drawn with a blue shirt or in black and white, would give rise to the term "yellow journalism".[5]


  1. ^ "A clever artist coming". The San Francisco Call. December 21, 1898. p. 12.
  2. ^ John Carlin; Paul Karasik; Brian Walker (2005). Masters of American Comics. Hammer Museum. p. 170. ISBN 978-0-300-11317-4.
  3. ^ Feinstein, Robert (October 1975). "The Phonograph in Hogan's Alley". Antique Phonograph Monthly. Vol. 3, no. 8. p. 3-10.
  4. ^ Carson, Oliver; Bates, Ernest Sutherland (1936). Hearst: Lord of San Simeon. New York: Viking Press. pp. 77–79.
  5. ^ Bonnie M. Miller (2011). From Liberation to Conquest: The Visual and Popular Cultures of the Spanish–American War of 1898. Univ of Massachusetts Press. p. 268. ISBN 978-1-55849-924-9.

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