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Vintage comics: The Kin-der-Kids

Lyonel Feininger is best known as a German Expressionist painter, but what most people don’t know (well, I didn’t) is that he was born in the U.S. and started his career as a cartoonist, drawing The Kin-der-Kids and Wee Willie Winkie’s World for the Chicago Tribune in the first decade of the 20th century. Michael Sporn posts some of Feininger’s more striking comics on his blog, and they are well worth a look. Sporn compares them to Winsor McKay’s Little Nemo comics, and while I wouldn’t go that far, these are some nice visuals. He also includes some of Feininger’s later fine-art work for comparison purposes.

(Via Comix 411.)

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At the risk of coming off like a shill, I’ll note Fantagraphics published a collection of Feininger’s comic strips:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=shop.flypage&product_id=862&category_id=13&manufacturer_id=0&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=62

Thanks for the shout-out, Brigid. Much appreciated!

@Chris: Had I been thinking clearly, I would’ve included the Fantagraphics book in my post, too. I love that stuff.

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