His first jobs were brochures for the National Crayon Company and illustrations for the Boston Herald. His career took off when the New York World sent him to Cuba, where, in the days before news photography became commonplace, he became a sketch artist for important events. He rose to become the art editor for The World.
In 1908, Dart produced his comic strip The Explorigator. Intended as a rival for Winsor McCay's Little Nemo, The Explorigator concerned the flight of the eponymous airship, headed by a crew of children ages 9–10: Admiral Fudge (who wore a swastika on his hat, years before the symbol became that of the Nazi Party), Detective Rubbersole, Maurice Mizzentop, Nicholas Nohooks, Grenadier Shift, Teddy Typewriter, and Ah Fergetit. The strip ran for 14 weeks in 1908.