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Lancaster in Fairfield County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Lancaster’s Richard Outcault

1863–1928

 
 
Lancaster’s Richard Outcault Mural, by Leo Strawn, Jr. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, July 14, 2008
1. Lancaster’s Richard Outcault Mural, by Leo Strawn, Jr.
Inscription.  He created the first comic strip ... De Yellow Kid. • “And Buster Brown too!”
 
Erected 2002 by the Fairfield County District Library.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Entertainment.
 
Location. 39° 42.907′ N, 82° 36.153′ W. Marker is in Lancaster, Ohio, in Fairfield County. Marker is on West Wheeling Street west of North Broad Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 111 W Wheeling St, Lancaster OH 43130, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The History of the Georgian (within shouting distance of this marker); The Georgian (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Saint John's Episcopal Church (about 300 feet away); General William Tecumseh Sherman (about 400 feet away); William Tecumseh Sherman (about 400 feet away); Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients (about 400 feet away); Fairfield County Veterans Memorial
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(about 400 feet away); Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War Memorial (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lancaster.
 
More about this marker. The last panel of the strip is a portrait of R. F. Outcault.
 
Regarding Lancaster’s Richard Outcault. R.F. Outcault’s Yellow Kid first appeared in newspapers around 1895, Buster Brown in 1902.
 
Also see . . .
1. R. F. Outcault, The Father of the American Sunday Comics,. and the Truth About the Creation of the Yellow Kid.
The R. F. Outcault Society's Yellow Kid Site entry:
Essay by Richard D. Olson. “... he was the first successful comic strip character to achieve a popularity so great that he not only increased the sales of newspapers carrying him, but he was also the first to demonstrate that a comic strip character could be merchandised profitably. In fact, for these two reasons, the Yellow Kid and his creator, R. F. Outcault, are generally credited with permanently establishing the comic strip and making it a part of American society.” (Submitted on July 27, 2008.) 

2. Present at the Creation: Buster Brown. 2002 audio and transcript
Mural on Fairfield County District Library Service Building image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, July 14, 2008
2. Mural on Fairfield County District Library Service Building
Mural is on the second story over entrances to parking courtyard.
of National Public Radio report. “He was a little rich kid with a blond pageboy haircut who was always getting into mischief, but also had a serious side. [In 1902] Buster Brown and his dog Tige made their debut in a Sunday comic strip in the New York Herald. The pair soon appeared in newspapers around the country and went on to become even more famous when the Brown Shoe Co. adopted them as mascots.” (Submitted on July 27, 2008.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 27, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 27, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,770 times since then and 28 times this year. It was the Marker of the Week August 3, 2008. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 27, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.

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