1920s in comics
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This is a timeline of significant events in comics in the 1920s.
- January 4: The first issue of the Flemish Catholic children's magazine Zonneland and its Walloon sister publication Petits Belges are published. Both will feature a lot of children's comics. Petits Belges changes its name into Bonjour in 1957 and Tremplin in 1960.
- January 14: In E.C. Segar's Thimble Theatre Castor Oyl makes his debut.
- January 17: The first issue of the British comics magazine Film Fun is published. It will run until 15 September 1962.
- August: Stan Cross' The Potts makes its debut, but as You & Me (it receives it's more familiar title, The Potts only in 1951). He will draw it personally until 1939, after which Jim Russell will take it over until his death in 2001, which also means the comic strip's conclusion.
- April 4: Charles A. Voight's Betty makes its debut. It will run until 1943.
- August 15: Harrison Cady's Peter Rabbit makes its debut. He will continue the series until 1948, after which Vincent Fago takes it over. 
- September 20: Martin Branner's Winnie Winkle makes its debut. It will run until 1996.
- October 17: Oscar Jacobsson's Adamson (known in English as Silent) makes its debut. It will un until 1964.
- November 8: Mary Tourtel's Rupert Bear makes its debut.
- Frans Masereel publishes the pantomime comics and graphic novels Idée, sa naissance, sa vie, sa mort (The Idea, its birth, its life, its death)) and Histoire sans paroles: 60 images dessinées et gravées sur bois (Story Without Words).
- Harry Folkard creates Billy Bimbo and Peter Porker which is published in The London Evening News. The comic strip will become an even bigger sensation in The Netherlands, where it is published as Jopie Slim and Dikkie Bigmans from 1921 on. 
- January 3: Russ Westover's Tillie the Toiler makes its debut. It will run until 15 March, 1959.
- June: The first issue of the Spanish comics magazine Pulgarcito is published.
- May 20: John Millar Watt's Pop debuts as Reggie Breaks It Gently.
- September 16: Gene Ahern and Bill Freyse's Our Boarding House makes its debut. It will run until 22 December 1984.
- November 13: In Jimmy Bancks' Us Fellers the character Ginger Meggs makes his debut. The series will eventually be named after him and become the longest-running Australian comics series of all time.
- The final episode of Richard F. Outcault's Buster Brown is published.
- The first episode of Ed Wheelan's Minute Movies is published. It will run until 1936.
- March 20: J. R. Williams' Out Our Way makes its debut. It will run until 1977.
- May 2: A.M. de Jong and George van Raemdonck's Bulletje en Boonestaak makes its debut. It will run until 17 November 1937.
- September 22: The first issue of the British comics magazine The Wizard is published. It will run until 16 November 1963, after which it merges with The Rover.
- October 9: Larry Whittington's Fritzi Ritz makes its debut. In 1925 Ernie Bushmiller will take over the series.
- November 29: Walter Berndt's Smitty makes its debut. It will run until 1973.
- George Studdy's Bonzo the dog makes its debut.
- Storm P.'s Peter og Ping makes its debut.
- The final episode of Gus Mager's Hawkshaw the Detective is published.
- The final episode of Tad Dorgan's Judge Rummy is published.
- March 15: Percy Crosby's Skippy makes its debut.
- May 22: Sol Hess and Wallace Carlson's The Nebbs makes its debut.  
- June 19: Frank Willard and Ferd Johnson's Moon Mullins makes its debut. It will until 2 June 1991.
- August 1: Otto Messmer adapts the animated cartoon character Felix the Cat into a comic strip.
- September 16: Syd Nicholls's Fatty Finn makes its debut. It will run until July 1977.
- December 8: The first issue of Jungle Jinks magazine is published. It will last a mere two years.  
- The Scottish comics magazine The Vanguard makes its debut. It will run until 1926.
- Dutch cartoonist Ton van Tast creates his comic strip De Daverende Dingen Dezer Dagen for the Dutch satirical magazine Paljas. It will run from 1923 until 1948.
- February 18: Edgar Martin's comic strip Girl is renamed after the most popular character Boots into Boots and Her Buddies.
- April 14: Roy Crane's Wash Tubbs makes its debut. It will run until 10 January 1988.
- May 16: The first issue of the Russian illustrated children's magazine Murzilka is published.
- August 5: Harold Gray's Little Orphan Annie makes its debut.
- September 27: In Harold Gray's Little Orphan Annie Daddy Warbucks makes his debut.
- October 1: The first issue of the Italian comics magazine Il Giornalino is published.
- October 5: Louis Forton's Bibi Fricotin makes its debut.
- H. T. Webster's Timid Soul makes its debut, which also marks the debut of Caspar Milquetoast. The series will run until 1953.
- Chic Young's Dumb Dora makes its debut.
- Ethel Hays' Flapper Fanny Says makes its debut.
- Gelett Burgess adapts his Goops characters into a comic strip, but it will only run for about a year.
- Benjamin Rabier's Gédéon makes its debut.
- February 21: The first issue of the American humor and cartoons magazine The New Yorker is published. On its cover their mascot, Eustace Tilley, designed by Rea Irvin, makes his debut.
- May 3: Alain Saint-Ogan's Zig et Puce makes its debut in Dimanche Illustré, weekly supplement of the French newspaper l’Excelsior.
- June 1: Bill Conselman and Charles Plumb's Ella Cinders makes its debut and will run until 1961, distributed by the United Feature Syndicate.
- August 30: Ferd Johnson's Texas Slim makes its debut through the Chicago Tribune Syndicate.
- December 14: The final issue of Jungle Jinks magazine is published. It is retitled: Playbox.  
- December 25: In Alain Saint-Ogan's Zig et Puce, Alfred the penguin makes his first appearance.
- December: Paul Robinson's Etta Kett makes its debut.
- The final episode of Winsor McCay's Dream of the Rarebit Fiend is published.
- Frans Masereel publishes the pantomime comics graphic novel La Ville: cent bois gravés (The City).
- Faith Burrows's Flapper Filosofy makes its debut.
- J.P. Arnot's Helpful Henry makes its debut. It will run for about a year.
- Ola Fogelberg's Pekka Puupää makes its debut. It wil run until 1975.
- April: The first issue of the Italian children's and comics magazine Giornale dei Ragazzi is published. It will run until November 1943. . Featuring a dutiful observance of the moral dictates of Fascism, the magazine consisted mostly of columns on various topics, and introduced the comics (of strict Italian production, in compliance with the directives of the MinCulPop) only from the 8th number in last year of publication.
- July: Hergé publishes his first actual comic strip, The Adventures of Totor in the Belgian scouting magazine Le Boy Scout Belge. It will run until July 1929.
- December 26: The final episode of Winsor McCay's Little Nemo in Slumberland is published.
- Otto Nückel publishes his pantomime comic/wordless novel Schicksal (Destiny).
- William St. John Glenn creates Oscar in The Belfast Telegraph. 
- The final issue of the Flemish comics magazine De Geïllustreerde Kinderwereld is published.
- January 10: Ed Verdier's Little Annie Rooney makes its debut. He will draw it for the first two years.
- January 20: Sidney Smith and Stanley Link's Ching Chow makes its debut. It will run until 4 June 1990.
- March 24: George Storm's Bobby Thatcher makes its debut. The series will run for a decade.
- March 25: The first issue of the Dutch-Flemish comics magazine De Humorist is published.
- July 17: Elov Persson's Kronblom makes its debut.
- October: Monte Barrett and Frank Ellis' Jane Arden makes its debut.
- November 13: Frank Godwin's Connie makes its debut.
- The final episode of A.D. Condo's The Outbursts of Everett True is published.
- February 11: Dudley D. Watkins' Morgyn the Mighty makes its debut in the 304th issue of The Rover.
- April 21: The first issue of the Chinese comics magazine Shanghai Manhua is published and will run until 7 June 1930.
- April 30: Glenn Chaffin and Hal Forrest's Tailspin Tommy makes its debut.
- August 13: Lyman Young's Tim Tyler's Luck makes its debut.
- October 19: Dante Quinterno's Patoruzú makes its debut.
- November 1: The first issue of the Belgian comics magazine Le Petit Vingtième is published, with Hergé as both its chief editor and main illustrator and comics artist. In its first issue the comic Flup, Nénesse, Poussette et Cochonnet is published, which will run until 7 March 1929.
- December 10: Harold C. Earnshaw creates the newspaper comic strip The Pater, it will run until 28 February 1931. 
- Bruno Angoletta's Marmittone makes its debut.
- Elov Persson's Agust och Lotta makes its debut. 
- January 7: Dick Calkins' comic strip Buck Rogers, based on the novels of Philip Francis Nowlan, makes its debut.
- January 7: Hal Foster's comic strip Tarzan of the Apes, loosely based on Edgar Rice Burroughs's novels, makes its debut. make their debut on the same day.
- January 10: Hergé's The Adventures of Tintin debuts in the children's supplement Le Petit Vingtième of the newspaper Le Vingtième Siècle, with the story Tintin in the Land of the Soviets. This also marks the debut of Tintin and his dog Snowy.
- January 11: Tony Velasquez' Kenkoy makes its debut.
- January 16: Dell Comics publishes the American comics magazine The Funnies #1, which is the first American newsstand comic book of all-original material. It lacked covers, and was in that way more like a newspaper insert, but was sold independently.
- January 17: In E.C. Segar's Thimble Theatre Popeye the Sailor makes his debut. He will quickly become the new protagonist of the series.
- February 5: Jimmy Hatlo's They'll Do It Every Time makes its debut. The series will continue until 2 February 2008.
- February 17: Milt Gross' Count Screwloose makes its debut.
- July: Hergé discontinues The Adventures of Totor after four years.
- August: In the Buck Rogers comic strip his love interest Wilma Deering makes her debut.
- October 26: In E.C. Segar's Thimble Theatre the Sea Hag makes her debut. Her name will only be revealed 17 days later but she will quickly emerge as Popeye's major antagonist.
- October: J.P. McEvoy and John H. Striebel co-create a comic strip based on McEvoy's popular novel series: Dixie Dugan.
- October: Gods' Man by Lynd Ward appears—the first American wordless novel
- November 5: Henri de Sta, French illustrator and cartoonist (Toby le Giraffe), dies at age 74.
- March 27: Kate J. Fricero, French illustrator and comics artist (Les Distractions de Mlle Nini), dies at age 45. 
- November 24: Myer Marcus, aka Billy Liverpool, American comics artist (Percy Vere, Doubting Thomas, Big Scalper), dies at age 55. 
- December 13: Théophile Alexandre Steinlen, Swiss-French illustrator, painter, poster and comics artist (made various text comics and pantomime comics for several magazines), passed away at age 64.
- July 8: Walter R. Allman, American comics artist (The Doings of The Duffs), passes away at age 40.
- July 24: Palmer Cox, Canadian illustrator and comics artist (The Brownies), dies at age 84.
- February 4: Adolphe Willette, French illustrator, painter, caricaturist and comics artist (made several one-shot text comics and pantomime comics), dies at age 68.
- May 24: Clarence Rigby, American comics artist (Toyland, The Wooden Babes, Bruno and Pietro, Little Ah Sid, Inquisitive Clarence, Adventures of a Pair of Jacks, Professor Blackart), dies at age 60. 
- August 7: T. S. Sullivant, American illustrator and comics artist, passes away at age 71.
- October 11: Albert Robida, French comics artist, illustrator, caricaturist, novelist and journalist (Le Vingtième Siècle, La Guerre au vingtième siècle and Le Vingtième siècle. La vie électrique), passes away at age 78.
- November 16: Karel Klíč, Czech illustrator, painter, photo engraver, lithographer and comics artist (Die Friedensverhandlungen), passes away at age 85.
- December 1: Draner, Belgian caricaturist, comics artist and costume designer (made text comics for Le Charivari), dies at age 93.
- August 21: Livingston Hopkins, American-Australian cartoonist and comics artist (Professor Tigwissel's Burglar Alarm), dies at age 81.
- June 22: Arthur Burdett Frost, American illustrator, painter, graphic artist and comics writer and artist (Stuff and Nonsense), dies at age 77.
- September 25: Richard F. Outcault, American comics artist (The Yellow Kid, Buster Brown), dies at the age of 65.
- October 10: Ed Carey, American comics artist (Brainy Bowers and Drowsy Duggan, Simon Simple, Professor Hypnotiser), dies at age 66 or 67 from a cerebral hemorrhage.
- January 18: Charles Jay Taylor, American comics artist (Mr. Firstlove), dies at age 83.
- May 2: Tad Dorgan, American comics artist (Indoor Sports, Judge Rummy), dies at age 52.
- August 9: Heinrich Zille, German illustrator, caricaturist, photographer, cartoonist and comics artist (Vadding), dies at age 71.
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- "1924 'Little Orphan Annie' comic strip". The page says only that this is from 1924, but a small "9-27" appears in the fourth panel. Note that "Daddy", as well as his given name "Oliver", both appear in these strips.
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- Don Markstein's Toonopedia. "Texas Slim".
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