Katzenjammers mark golden anniversary
It may be hard to believe, but the Katzenjammer Kids celebrate their 100th birthday this month. The comic that was a favourite of several generations in Canada, the U.S. and around the world even has its own website today. Created and drawn by Rudolph Dirks, the Kids first appeared in the “American Humorist” section of William Randolph Hearst’s New York Journal in December, 1897. The comic strip is still appearing 100 years later, in a very small number of newspapers around the world.
The Katzenjammer Kids are based on “Max und Moritz,” similarly mischievous young boys created by artist Wilhelm Busch in Germany. Max und Moritz had been popular in their homeland for more than 30 years before the Americanized version first appeared in press lord Hearst’s New York Journal Sunday supplement.