For most of the twentieth century, readers in the United States associated comics not only with the comic book and the graphic novel but also with the comic strips in the “funnies” section of their daily newspaper. The funny pages were an essential aspect of twentieth-century US popular culture, serving as the home for many of the most famous fictional Americans: they were where the Yellow Kid explored Hogan’s Alley and the Katzenjammer Kids got into trouble, where Nemo dreamed his little dreams and Krazy Kat fell in love with Ignatz Mouse, where Walt found Skeezix on his doorstep and Blondie married Bumstead, where Nancy and Sluggo got into trouble and Lucy van Pelt pulled the football away from Charlie Brown, where Calvin and Hobbes rode their wagon down the hill and Huey and Riley Freeman fought suburban complacency.

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