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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Buster Brown, Mary Jane, and Tige

Richard Felton Outcault’s Buster Brown, Mary Jane, and Tige was published in 1906 by New York: Frederick A. Strokes. Published in the Era of Invention, this particular comic book follows Buster Brown and his comrades on various adventures of the early 1900’s. Outcault first published the Buster Brown series in 1906 and continued to create new strips up until 1921. Buster Brown, Mary Jane and Tige is a 32-page comic book with color illustrations.

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Mr. and Mrs.

Mr. and Mrs. is a twenty six page domestic comedy that portrays the humorous relationship between the two main characters, Mr. (Joe Green) and Mrs. (Vi) and their young son Roscoe. The comic was written by Clare Briggs and first appeared in 1919 in New York, where it was published by The New York Herald and was dispersed across the city. This sitcom ran with other popular comics of similar material such as "Keeping Up With the Joneses" and "The Bungle Family." The comics portray the couples' problems and disagreements in a comical way that kept the reading audience entertained and intrigued. 

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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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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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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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