Authors/Contributors

Ray Thompson

Document Type

Article

Date

Spring 1980

Embargo Period

2-24-2011

Keywords

Syracuse University Special Collections, Ray Thompson, cartoonists, comic strips, Buzz Sawyer, Wash Tubbs, Les Turner, Captain Easy

Language

English

Disciplines

American Art and Architecture | American Popular Culture

Description/Abstract

The newspaper comic strip was well established in the United States by World War I. It had become a part of every American's cultural background long before the Disney cartoon films of the 1930s. The George Arents Research Library for Special Collections at Syracuse University has a large collection of original drawings for comic strips. There are cartoons from the early days of the comic strip to the work of artists still drawing strips which many Americans read every day.

Some of the comic strips have extraordinary lives, continuing past their creator's lifetimes. Buzz Sawyer and his friend Roscoe Sweeney survive their creator, Roy Crane, evolving with the times and becoming almost real to their readers.

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