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Richard F. Outcault
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Artist
    (January 14, 1863-September 25, 1928)
    Born in Lancaster, Ohio
    Created the comics 'Hogan's Alley,' 'The Yellow Kid' and 'Buster Brown'
    His 'Yellow Kid' got his distinctive color not from Outcault, but from a New York World printer who decided to use the strip to experiment with a new fast-drying yellow ink.
    He jumped ship from Joseph Pulitzer's 'New York World' to William Randolph Hearst's 'New York Journal.' (1896)
    Because he had never copyrighted the character, both papers ran competing 'Yellow Kid' strips, inspiring the phrase 'yellow journalism.'
    He used Buster Brown to advertise not just shoes, but also whiskey and cigars.
    He was a heavy drinker and died of cirrhosis of the liver.
    Before becoming a cartoonist, he was a technical illustrator for Thomas Edison.
    He is considered the father of the modern comic strip.
    Although a cartoon, the humor and social commentary in 'The Yellow Kid' was aimed at an adult readership.

Credit: C. Fishel


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