The development of comic art began in the pages of the newspapers. The syndicated strips that appeared in papers across the world were the starting point for the refinement of graphic storytellng. Though the humorous "gag" strips were by far the most common form, adventure strips began creeping in during the 1920s, with Hal Foster's Tarzan and Dick Calkin's Buck Rogers. by the 1930s, drama strips were everywhere. And as the first comic books were simply compilations of well-known newspaper strips, both humorous and dramatic, it makes sense to look at how the art of the comics strip developed before it ever arrived in a comic book.
Krazy Kat

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A Sunday page from the decidedly surreal Krazy Kat. The punchline was always the same. Ignatz the Mouse hurls a brick at Krazy Kat's head.

  Tarzan by Hal Foster

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Hal Foster's Tarzan art was a high-water mark in the history of the newpaper comic strip. Note the absence of the traditional speech balloons
  Dick Tracy

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Chester Gould's deceptively simple style on Dick Tracy didn't prevent it from becoming possibly the most popular comic strip of all time.
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