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I was going to post these on the 30 Days of Winter series, but wasn't able to for various reasons. Anyway, here are a few scans from one of my favorite pre-Golden Age comics, Buster Brown!

Especially all TIGES.




Buster Brown is a newspaper comic strip created by Richard Felton Outcault in 1902. Most people seem more familiar with his other famous strip, The Yellow Kid.

Buster Brown is a usually well-meaning but always trouble-making young boy, with a talking animal companion (an American pit bull terrier named Tige,) whose words only he can hear, and whose sage advice he usually ignores. In a lot of ways, the strip reminds me of an early Calvin and Hobbes. Buster usually writes about what lessons he's learned at the end of each strip.

Buster often gets in trouble despite meaning well...






But sometimes he is quite bad.






Sometimes he even uses his trouble making skills for good ;)






The comic is now in public domain. You can read more Buster Brown comics, in black and white, here at the public domain comic resource Barnacle Press!

Date: 2011-01-10 05:38 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] jogadoresesquecidos.blogspot.com
Very good. And thanks for the link, which tactfully states that "Buster’s mom is totally hot" ;)

BTW, I think he did a cameo on Alan Moore's LEG, as a complaining kid who was eventually killed by Moore himself.

Date: 2011-01-10 09:00 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] misterbug
Ah yes! But that was in fact only visually based on this character; Moore's character was actually a tongue-in-cheek parody of fans who got angry for issue of LoEG being overly late. Plus, it was done in the style of one of Hillaire Belloc's "Cautionary Tales", written around the same time.

Date: 2011-01-11 05:45 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] psychopathicus_rex
He also cameoed as a background character in 'Top Ten: The Forty-Niners'.

Date: 2011-01-10 06:31 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mcity
I love the look on his face when he goes "It's all off, then."

Date: 2011-01-12 02:40 am (UTC)
meatwhichdreams: (Default)
From: [personal profile] meatwhichdreams
I love that one too! It's perfect. :D

Date: 2011-01-10 06:53 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] tacobob
I think people probably know 'Buster Brown' more for the shoes than the strip. As for the Yellow Kid. Blade fought him more than a few times..Nasty fellow.

Date: 2011-01-11 12:45 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] halloweenjack
Yeah, that's all I knew him from previously, myself.

Date: 2011-01-12 05:21 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jlroberson
One of those examples of a licensed trademark that outlived its source.

Date: 2011-01-11 05:46 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] psychopathicus_rex
Wait wait wait - Blade?! Since when is the Yellow Kid a vampire?

Date: 2011-01-11 02:18 pm (UTC)
tacobob: Mordecai Not Very Impressed (Default)
From: [personal profile] tacobob
In the last Blade series the famous vampire hunter (In Flashbacks) fights a very creepy Yellow Kid vampire. It's cool, but you have to slog through Howard Chaykin's increasingly ugly art.

Date: 2011-01-11 11:01 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] psychopathicus_rex
Huh. Well, what will they think of next.

Date: 2011-01-12 05:22 am (UTC)
jlroberson: (Default)
From: [personal profile] jlroberson
Since always. That's what the vampire in Nosferatu looked like as a little boy.

Date: 2011-01-12 05:27 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] psychopathicus_rex
Oh, that's a LOVELY mental image. Oy yoy yoy. If I can't get to sleep tonight, I'm blamin' you! *shakes fist*

Date: 2011-01-10 07:50 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] icon_uk
The "Now I'll have some nice little chickens" panel suggests that what we have here is a serial kiler in the making.

Date: 2011-01-10 09:00 pm (UTC)
misterbug: (Default)
From: [personal profile] misterbug
I've actually held a copy of this while I worked at a second-hand bookshop. That kid did some strange stuff.

Date: 2011-01-10 09:38 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] punishermax

LONG LIVE THE NEW FLESH

Date: 2011-01-11 12:48 am (UTC)
halloweenjack: (Default)
From: [personal profile] halloweenjack
I was cured, all right!

Date: 2011-01-11 05:41 am (UTC)
destroyed: (Default)
From: [personal profile] destroyed
The tales of a young Alexander DeLarge. And now I can't unsee it.

Date: 2011-01-12 05:24 am (UTC)
jlroberson: (Default)
From: [personal profile] jlroberson
Even the same hair.

Date: 2011-01-11 08:10 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sadoeuphemist
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Seriously though, this kid is terrifying. The dogcatcher story, it's like a horror movie from the point of view of the creepy demon children.

Date: 2011-01-12 05:20 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jlroberson
That's the great thing--he is utterly, consciously bad, like Bart Simpson. He's also an upper-class kid, and in light of HOGAN'S ALLEY, you might find some social comment in that.

He REALLY torments those Irish maids. There's the Night of Pumpkins page for instance.

Date: 2011-01-11 12:46 am (UTC)
halloweenjack: (YAY)
From: [personal profile] halloweenjack
"If you fool with licker you must expect to get licked." Sounds good to me!

Date: 2011-01-11 05:50 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] psychopathicus_rex
I like how Peck Bros. specifies that yes, you can THROW their eggs as well. Imagine if modern groceries were that candid.

'Aisle #5, Projectiles. Eggs, tomatoes, apples, kiwi fruit, and party balloons (water sold separately).'

Date: 2011-01-11 11:07 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] psychopathicus_rex
Yeah, that's a nice little detail. It's like the moment in 'Cat Ballou' where the Lee Marvin character is sitting on his horse, and they're BOTH leaning up against the wall drunk.

Date: 2011-01-12 02:41 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] meatwhichdreams
These golden age newspaper comics are always a delectable treat. Thanks for posting! I love rolling around in the lavish art and sheer unfettered weirdness.

Date: 2011-01-13 05:07 am (UTC)
meatwhichdreams: (Default)
From: [personal profile] meatwhichdreams
OOooh, thanks for the tip! :D

Date: 2011-01-12 05:07 am (UTC)
jlroberson: (Default)
From: [personal profile] jlroberson
Oh, yum, Buster Brown pages I haven't seen. I love this strip. He's such an utter little bastard. The obvious prototype for what would eventually become, say, Bart Simpson, Dennis the Menace, Calvin, lots others.

Outcault was such a freakin' master. I also love the color printing in this era.

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