Scans of The Wiggle Much, esoteric newspaper cartoon from 1910

Billy sez, "As far as we know THE WIGGLE MUCH comic strip ran from March 20, 1910 to June 19, 1910 in THE NEW YORK HERALD newspaper. It laid buried in time until it was partially republished in Dan Nadel's ART OUT OF TIME book in 2006. This website, comprised of microfilm scans of THE NEW YORK HERALD, is the first time most of these WIGGLE MUCH strips have been printed in a large format since their original newspaper publication over a century ago. The entire series has never appeared on the open Internet before.

The Wiggle Much (Thanks, Billy!)

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  1. what

    what was that

  2. rluce says:

    "the first man who speaks gets a wooden bullet into his wooden head."

  3. I think the character design of the WM is the best thing about this strip; not to say that the rest has no value...but brrrr it's all SO dated: the history of the American comic strip is varied; I'm a fan: Segar, Harriman...Walt Kelly especially...but while those seem 'old' to me: they also feel a hell of a lot more modern than this example.

    But, as has been mentioned before: we forget the masses of grist and gravel and detritus that bring forth the rare precious nugget of genuine creativity: 'Little Nemo' as mentioned above being an excellent example of the form.

    I still read a paper fishwrap regularly: Mutts takes a second to read, a simple throwback, but done lovingly. Doonesbury, helps maintain my Liberal credentials. Luann (god help me); but it actually has momentum over time, unlike that perfect fossil with the cat and the dog and the idiot.

    Besides Bizarro which has been damn great for a shitload of years, used to share billing with The Far Side in my local paper; I really just read -in order of interest- Lio, Non Sequiter, Bucky/Sachel/ the Canadian...and finally my favorite: Pearls Before Swine.

    That still leaves more than half I'm not willing to give my eyeballs the extra 3 seconds to receive.

    I guess it has always been thus...with many things.

    -GOD I miss Calvin and Hobbes!-

  4. Discussing the merits of modern day newspaper comics is sometimes as painful as discussing the merits of facial hair in Major League Baseball - the only time I dare to look through the daily comics is when I'm stuck in a doctor's office with nothing else to read. If only children are reading such magnificent fare as "Marmaduke" and "Dilbert" I can understand their use. But for fully aware grown up adults to find anything near entertainment in 30-year old reprints of "Wizard of Id" or "For Better Or Worse" or "Ziggy" is mindblowing. My biggest gripe with newspaper strips is that most of them take 4-5 panels to say nothing funny or clever. True cartoon geniuses only need one panel to make their point (Charles Schulz of course is an exception to the rule)

  5. So this strip is over 100 years old, and people are complaining it seems old?

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