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Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers: "Mr. Skygack, from Mars" and the “Library of Awesome”

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers: "Mr. Skygack, from Mars" and the “Library of Awesome”


“Some years ago a gentle, inoffensive stranger landed on this terrestrial sphere with no luggage but a book….This was Mr. Skygack from Mars,” wrote Fred Schaefer, author of the comic “Mr. Skygack, from Mars” in the Day Book (Chicago, IL) in 1912. This early comic strip first began appearing in newspapers associated with the Scripps publishing conglomerate in 1907. Explore Mr. Skygack’s wry observations of human behavior through our Recommended Topics page and, this week (June 14-17), join us at LC for our “Library of Awesome” pop-up exhibit highlighting gems from our extensive collection of comic books. This exhibition features famous comic-book issues, drawings, original comic strips and related items…. Read more about it, learn more about comics in historic newspapers, and follow us on Twitter @librarycongress #ChronAm and @Events_LOC #LCcomics!

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