American Newspaper Comics

An Encyclopedic Reference Guide
Allan Holtz
The most comprehensive guide to U.S. newspaper comics ever published


From its earliest appearance in the 1890s, the newspaper comic strip has told the story of America, from the Irish ghetto of the Yellow Kid to flappers, war heroes, hippies, and today's office drones and soccer moms. American Newspaper Comics is the first comprehensive, authoritative reference work to document this fascinating history, listing over 7,000 different comic strip and cartoon features from American newspapers. While previous books have typically concentrated on the most popular comic strips and panel cartoon series, American Newspaper Comics is designed to be all-inclusive, providing detailed information on important but previously overlooked artists and features. The result of more than twenty years of meticulous research, American Newspaper Comics provides the most complete picture to date of the evolution of newspaper cartoon features and corrects misinformation that has circulated for years in other references.

American Newspaper Comics offers a wealth of information, including the start and end dates of features, their format, frequency, creators, and distribution companies. The book also includes handy cross-indexes and a guide to book-length compilations of newspaper cartoons and comics. In addition, the book includes a CD with samples of more than 2,000 cartoon features, including some that may be new to even the most ardent fan or collector.

"Allan Holtz is one of the most knowledgeable researchers in newspaper comic strip and panel cartoon history alive today. His reference guide, an expertly researched and arrayed resource, is badly needed. I expect to use it on an almost daily basis."
—R. C. Harvey, cartoonist, historian, and author of The Art of the Funnies

"There have been other books about the history of the comic strip, but nothing as accurate and exhaustive as this book. Some earlier references contain a good deal of misinformation, where authors have gathered bits of information from secondary sources and written about strips that do not exist. In terms of sheer knowledge and accuracy of information, few comic art historians are Allan Holtz's equal."
—Rob Stolzer, comic arts collector and Professor of Art and Design, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point

Illustration: Modified from All the Funny Folks: The Wonder Tale of How the Comic-Strip Characters Live and Love "Behind the Scenes." Illustrations by Louis Biedermann, story by Jack Lait. New York: The World Today, 1926. Some characters appear courtesy of King Features Syndicate, Inc.

Allan Holtz is a cartoon historian and collector whose popular blog, “Stripper's Guide,” has been running since 2005.
Allan Holtz's blog (Stripper's Guide)

Praise / Awards

  • "For historians, writers, editors, publishers and particularly libraries, Allan Holtz's American Newspaper Comics: An Encyclopedic Reference Guide will undoubtedly be the indispensable reference on its subject for many years to come."
    —Steven Thompson, International Team of Comics Historians

  • "The authoritative source of basic data about newspaper comic strips."
    —R.C. Harvey

  • "In creating this book, Holtz has performed a service of singular utility, the rewards of which will be reaped for decades to come."
    Barnacle Press
  • "A thoroughly researched encyclopedia of American newspaper comics. Summing Up: Highly recommended."
    —D.A. Berona, Plymouth State University, CHOICE

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Product Details

  • 8.5 x 11.
  • 624pp.
  • 24 B&W book illustrations and over 3,100 color and B&W comic strips.
Available for sale worldwide

  • Hardcover with CD
  • 2012
  • Available
  • 978-0-472-11756-7

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  • $150.00 U.S.



  • comics, cartoons, newspaper, strips, pop culture, social history, journalism history, yellow journalism, funnies, commercial art