Katzenjammer Kids

As Claire Suddath explains in the May 17, 2010 issue of Time Magazine, “Rudolph Dirks’ The Katzenjammer Kids debuted in 1897 in William Randolph Hearst’s Sunday edition of the New York Journal. At 113 years and counting, the strip is the longest-running newspaper comic in history. Kids revolves around two boys, Hans and Fritz, who get into trouble and fight with their parents and school officials. Dirks was the first cartoonist to use speech balloons to indicate dialogue.”

Along with Little Nemo in Slumberland and a handful of other comics from the early 20th Century, this strip is referenced multiple times in Art Spiegelman’s In The Shadow of No Towers. He even reproduces full-page Sunday strips in their entirety. Why do you think he selected these particular strips? How are they connected to the themes he explores in his book?

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