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By Hugh HartEmail Author
March 21, 2011

That goofy guy in the nightgown may look like a twerp, but the Yellow Kid — America’s Bart Simpson equivalent during the 1890s — single-handedly launched the comic strip industry.

Hogan’s Alley character the Yellow Kid makes his appearance early in upcoming book The Comics: The Complete Collection. Written by Museum of Cartoon Art founder Brian Walker, the 672-page compendium with more than 1,300 images offers an illustrated history of comic strip characters.

Besides mainstream favorites like Popeye, Dick Tracy and Snoopy, the encyclopedia includes the godfather of all masked crime fighters — Will Eisner’s The Spirit — and salutes late 20th-century subversives like Bill Griffith’s idiot savant, Zippy the Pinhead.

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