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 fifinement of graphic storytellng. Though the humorous "gag" strips were by far the most common form, adventure strips began creeping induring 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.
     
Flash Gordon

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Alex Raymond's renaissance-inspired artwork on Flash Gordon was the pinnacle to which all artists aspired - especially impressive were his Sunday pages.

  Mandrake the Magician

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Phil Davis' artwork on Mandrake has the look of Alex Raymond's work - but good though Davis was, he never out-drew the master. This Sunday page is a great example.
  Terry and the Pirates

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Milton Caniff's art made Terry and the Pirates one of the most enduring of all US newspaper strips. This Sunday page shows Caniff's excellent use of blacks
 
     
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