Little Nemo in the Sunday New York Herald

Little Nemo in Slumberland follows a boy named Nemo (“nobody” in Latin) whose dreams take him on fantastical adventures through surreal landscapes and distorted worlds—until the last panel, when he wakes up. 

This full-page Sunday comic strip by Winsor McCay ran in two sensationalist city papers: the New York Herald from 1905 to 1911 and William Randolph Hearst’s New York American from 1911 to 1913.


Reportedly the strip wasn’t terribly popular when it originally appeared—well, it was up against slapstick comics like the Katzenjammer Kids.

In 1966, the Metropolitan Museum of Art staged an exhibit of McCay’s black and white line drawings. Little Nemo’s fan base has been increasing ever since.  

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3 Responses to “Little Nemo in the Sunday New York Herald”

  1. m Says:

    Great stuff! I love your site! There’s always a surprise. Fun, whimsical, great for the curious! The best!

  2. me Says:

    as you probably know, Winsor McCay is buried in a cemetary in bklyn by the queens border – a rather big headstone thats worth seeing if you like the him enough – apparently he lived somewhere in sheepshead bay –

  3. Lisanne! Says:

    We believe that Winsor McCay lived at 1811 Voorhies Avenue, which is exciting, because we have been trying to find ways of saving his house. We didn’t know until this morning that this is where he lived, though we knew he lived in the neighborhood.

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