The Cartoon Comes of Age: 1896 1918
AS THE UNITED STATES CAREENED into the twentieth century, the spirit of innovation driving the nation was mirrored in the business of cartooning. There were more newspapers, faster presses, greater competition, and, in many cities, cartoons reigned on the front page. Political cartoons and comic strips sold newspapers, and the cartoonists who drew them—now numbering nearly 2,000—became well-known celebrities, frequently called upon to lead parades, propose toasts, and cut ribbons. The techniques they developed and the styles that evolved to meet daily deadlines would dominate the medium for the next seventy-five years.