Posts Tagged ‘Comic Strips of the 1900s’

Little Nemo in the Sunday New York Herald

October 29, 2008

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.