The old days of cartooning
I was reading somewhere about some cartooning wars back in the turn of the century, not the 2000 turn of the century, but the 1900s. Cartoonist were so revered back then, they were like movie stars, their creations were fought over by newspapers and syndicates.
The New York World would fight over a feature to try and get it from the New York Tribune and so on. There were lots of syndicates, over 100 and of course comic strips were a big form of entertainment of the day.
Radio didn’t start until the 1920s and there was basically movies, that’s it, so people would spend hours reading the newspapers, which weren’t that big in size, actually they were huge in page size, but in page count, they were only about eight pages or so.
But people would spend hours reading the news and the comics and the ads and everything.
Since I am a cartoonist, this is so interesting to me. It must have been an amazing, heady time. A lot of the cartoonists actually worked at the newspaper office, they didn’t work at home, which I am sure most did, but I find it interesting that so many would show up at their 9 to 5 job, almost like the old movie studio system where they put out movies like it was an assembly line.
Daily comics of course are still like an assembly line.