Critical Comics

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Foxy Grandpa Shows the Boys Up-to-Date Sports

Two boys participate in and more importantly challange their Grandfather to different sports. Routinely, Foxy Grandpa not only meets their challenges but far surpasses them. Published by M.A. Donohue & Co. of Chicago in 1908.

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Foxy Grandpa Flip Flaps

This comic follows the adventures of a conniving grandfather as he outwits his grandsons in a series of silly scenarios. Published by Donohue in Chicago in 1905.

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Charlie Chaplin’s Comic Capers by E.C. Segar (Elzie Crisler) was published in 1917 in Chicago, Illinois through M.A. Donohue & Co. Publishing. Prior to being published in a bound comic book, “Charlie Chaplin’s Comedy Capers” was a comic run in the Chicago Herald throughout 1915 and 1916 by a couple different artists including E.C. Segar. Originally the comic was inspired by the various roles taken on by the film star and comedian Charlie Chaplin himself. In 1916, Chaplin starred in twelve two-reel comedies that included “The Floorwalker,” “The Fireman,” “The Vagabond,” “One A.M.,” “The Count,” “The Pawnshop,” “Behind the Screen,” “The Rink,” “Easy Street,” “The Cure,” “The Immigrant,” and “The Adventurer." Chaplin's ability to fill a variety of roles on set is reflected in the comics as he goes from being a farmer to a doctor to a soldier throughout the course of the comic series. 

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The Fadder undt Ma-Malade Family

This comic consists of 11 half-sheets from a Sunday newspaper, signed Otis F. Wood. On verso, in monochrome, are 12 unsigned episodes of Mr. Scrapple of Philadelphia, and one of Mr. O.U. Absentmind.

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Ain't it a Grand and Glorious Feeling?

This comic consists of short stories following a married couple in the 1920s.

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Buster Brown's Pranks was published in 1905, in New York City at Frederick A. Stores Publishing Company. The author, Richard F. Outcault, previously published in newspapers before creating a comic book. He is also famous for creating the Yellow Kid. This specific book follows Buster Brown and Teige through their life adventures in New York City in the early 1900, in an upper middle class family. Throughout the comics Buster is seen playing various pranks on people around him, and facing the consequences. There are 30 pages of colorized comics within this book.

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The Mischievous Monks of Crocodile Isle

A comic about two monkeys that live through several adventures with different animals in and around the Nile. It's a comic strip in black and white and color, faturing 6 panels per page. The paper is fragility and has a rough, abrasive texture, which had lost it's flexibility. According to the only copy available of this comic is the one at MSU. Published by J.I. Austen Co. in Chicago in 1908.

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Keeping up with the Joneses

An American comic strip that depicts the lives of Ma and Pa McGinis as they struggle to "keep up" with the lifestyle of their unseen neighbors, the Joneses. Written by  Arthur R. "Pop" Momand, Keeping Up With The Joneses ran from 1913 to 1938 and popularized the well-know catch phrase "keeping up with the Joneses."

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