CRUMBLING PAPER: Herr Spiegleburger by Carl Anderson

Here’s an example I scanned of Herr Spiegelburger aka Herr Spiegelberger from May 7, 1905 by Carl Anderson. Anderson later went on to create the wordless strip Henry, for which he is best-known.

Click the image to view the full strip.

Please be advised that like many of the comic strips of the era, it contains potentially offensive ethnic depictions. If this sort of thing offends you, you may not want to view it.

Click here to read about Carl Anderson at

Here is a Carl Anderson fan site with a number of Henry strips.

Somewhat improbably, Henry still exists as a King Features comic strip to this day. I don’t recall ever seeing it in a modern newspaper during my lifetime.

Click here to read more about Carl Anderson’s Henry at Don Markstein’s Toonopedia.

You can find a couple complete Henry comic books here and here.

THE CARTOON CRYPT: Betty Boop with Henry, the World’s Funniest American (1935)


Here’s another Betty Boop cartoon with a guest star from the funny pages… here with Carl Anderson’s Henry. Unlike the comic strip, for some reason they decided Henry should talk in the movie. A strange decision, as I don’t think it adds much to have him talk in the cartoon, or even to the storytelling… and it is certainly a big part of his comic strip’s appeal. Boy oh boy does Henry look wrong with a mouth. Come to think of it, boy does Henry look wrong.

Read more about this cartoon on The Big Cartoon Database.

Crumbling Paper: Uncle Pike by A.D. Reed circa 1903 (and some miscellaneous gags) (strip #1)

Here’s another huge old Sunday scan for you. There are two strips on this page from 1903… the top is

a series of one panel gags by a number of different cartoonists. The only legible signature is that of “Joe Rigby” in the second panel. Here are close ups of the other ones… can anyone out there identify these cartoonists?

From panel 1.

UPDATE: Cole Johnson identified the artist of panel 1 as Carl Anderson.

From panel 3. Looks like “Sanders.”

UPDATE: Cole Johnson identified the artist of panel 3 as C.R.McAuley.

Panel 4 is unsigned.

From panel 5.

UPDATE: Cole Johnson identified the artist of panel 5 as Carl Anderson (as with panel 1).

From panel 6.

UPDATE: Cole Johnson speculates that panel 6 may be by George Herriman… definitely looks like a likely possibility to me as well, although that signature-like scribble may indicate otherwise.

From panel 7. The art looks a bit like James Swinnerton, but I doubt it is him.

UPDATE: Cole Johnson identifies this panel as being by William Marriner.

The second strip is “How Uncle Pike Secured the Unanimous Vote” by A.D. Reed. According to the Ohio State collection, Uncle Pike ran from 1902 to 1905.

I’m not sure what paper these are from… the Ohio State copies are from The Philadelphia Press, and the copyright on these is McClure. Click on the below image to view the strip.