A Brief History of Funny Animal Comics

Once upon a time, funny animals roamed the pages of American comics. Beginning with the anthropomorphic bears of pioneering cartoonist James Swinnerton at the turn of the last century, the funny animals genre played a significant role in early comics history in the US.

Ohio State University Professor Jared Gardner outlines the history of the “Funny Animals” genre of comics over at public books.org.

I’ve also placed a link to this essay in the new Comics History Research Page.

Image: Walt Kelly’s Pogo Comics – Source: mycomicshop.com