Knerr, Harold H.

Original sketch & sentiment from the 1914-49 writer-artist of “The Katzenjammer Kids”, longest-running comic strip ever!

Price: $250.00

Description:
(1882-1949) American comic strip creator, best known as the writer-artist of “The Katzenjammer Kids” for 35 years. Born in Bryn Mawr, Penna., he studied for 2 years at the Philadelphia College of Art and then became a newspaper illustrator. He was most prolific, producing 1,500+ Sunday comic pages between 1901 & 1914 for a half-dozen continuing features in 3 different Philadelphia newspapers. He created his first comic strip, “Zoo-Illogical Snapshots”, for the Public Ledger. In 1899, he started working for the Philadelphia Inquirer. In 1901, he drew the Sunday strip, “Willie's Revenge”, followed by “Mr. George and His Wife” (1904–14). In 1906, he took over the strip “Scary William” and continued it until 1914. From June 15, 1913 to Nov. 15, 1914, he drew “The Irresistible Rag”, with cartoonist Joe Doyle doing “Scary William” and “The Irresistible Rag” after Knerr left these strips. He drew “The Fineheimer Twins” 1903-14, an imitation of “The Katzenjammer Kids”, which made him the obvious and ideal replacement for creator Rudolph Dirks on “The Katzenjammer Kids”. Knerr took over “The Katzenjammer Kids” Sunday strip in Nov. 1914 when Dirks left the Hearst-owned New York Morning Journal after a legal dispute. Knerr wrote and drew the strip until his death in 1949, when it was taken over by Charles H. Winner. On May 16, 1926, Knerr started “Dinglehoofer und His Dog Adolph”, a topper which accompanied “The Katzenjammer Kids” until 2 years after his death. By 1936, to avoid any association with Adolf Hitler, the dog's name was changed to Schnappsy. Original black pen and ink sketch, with color crayon additions, drawn and signed by Knerr on a thin red-bordered 3 ½ x 5 ½ card, featuring The Katzenjammer Kids, brothers Hans ands Fritz, in half length poses waving. Above and below the sketch Knerr has added an inscribed & signed autograph sentiment: “Hi-Ya Ken!/Get well fast!/ Heartiest Good Wishes for a/Speedy Recovery from the/Katzies and Sincerely Yours/ [signed] Harold H. Knerr ‘45”. “The Katzenjammer Kids” was created by German immigrant Rudolph Dirks in 1897 and drawn by Harold H. Knerr 1912-49. It debuted Dec. 12, 1897 in the “American Humorist”, Sunday supplement of Wm. Randolph Hearst's New York Journal. After 1912-14 legal battles, Dirks left Hearst and began a new strip, first titled “Hans und Fritz” and then “The Captain and the Kids”, with the same characters as “The Katzenjammer Kids”, continued by Knerr. The two versions of the strip competed with each other until 1979, when “The Captain and the Kids” ended a 6-decade run. “The Katzenjammer Kids” is still distributed by King Features, making it the oldest comic strip still in syndication and the longest-running ever.

Condition: Very good
Type:Signed Original Sketch & Sentiment






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