1: The Yellow Kid | 1895
2: The stories of a set of twin brothers titled The Katzenjammer Kids by Rudolph Dirks appeared in 1897.The strip is the oldest strip in syndication as it is still running today. | In 1905, the New York Harold began running Little Nemo in Slumberland by Winsor McCay. This comic strip was the first to have a continuing story line.
3: The successful daily comic strip Mutt and Jeff was published in 1907. The strip eventually ended in 1982. Years later in 1913, Krazy Kat is published by George Herrman.
5: In 1920, Winne Winkle came onto the scene. The strip followed the life of a woman working to support her family.
6: Blondie by Chic Young begins in 1930. The strip follows a curvy blonde and her husband (following their marriage in 1933), Dagwood. This popular strip led to a movie series and radio program. | Little Orphan Annie by Harold Gray was published in 1924. The storyline follows a little orphan, Annie's, rags to riches. The leading lady also finds success in a Broadway musical and a movie.
7: Milton Caniff's Terry and the Pirates began in 1934. | In 1933, a collection of newspaper comic strips was reprinted in Funnies on Parade. | In 1937, the first issue of Detective Comics was released by DC comics.
9: In 1938, Action Comics featuring the first superhero, Superman, was published. The character was (and is still now) popular, and many more superhero comics followed.
10: In 1939, "The Bat-Man first appeared in Detective Comics (DC). That same year, Timely Comics released Marvel Comics and DC introduced The Flash.
11: 1940 brought DC's the Green Lantern and adventurous reporter, Brenda Starr.
12: In 1941, Marvel introduced Captain America. In that same year, psychiatrist, William Marston, introduced Wonder Woman to embody the female ideals of heroism. Redheaded teen Archie also made his first appearance.
13: Daily comic strip, Pogo, first appeared in 1941 in the first issue of Animal Comics. In 1948, the strip gained popularity in newspapers for its political humor. The humorous 0possum was introduced by Walt Kelly.
14: In 1950, Charles M. Schulz's began its 50 year run. The most profitable comic of all time featuring Snoopy and Charlie Brown was also made into merchandise, animated TV specials, and a Broadway musical. The strip ended when Schulz died in 2000. Newspapers still continued to print re-runs.
15: In 1954, the Comics Code Authority is created in response to public and Congressional disapproval of comics featuring crime and horror.
16: In 1961, Marvel introduced Stan Lee's, The Fantastic Four. The group consisted of Mr. Fantastic, The Invisible Girl, The Thing, and The Human Torch. Unlike other popular superheroes, this group did not hide their real identities.
17: 1962 brought two new superheroes, Spiderman and The Hulk. Both were introduced to the public by Marvel Comics.
18: In 1963, Marvel started its first series of mutant superheroes, the X-Men. That same year, Josie McCoy was introduced by Archie Comics. In 1969, she became the head of a popular band, Josie and the Pussycats.
19: The man without fear, Daredevil, first appeared n his own Marvel Comic in 1964. Meanwhile in the DC universe, the Teen Titans were introduced.
20: In 1970, Doonesbury by Garry Trudeau began appearing in daily newspapers. It was also the first strip to be carried by Universal Press Syndicate. The strip was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning in 1975.
21: Garfield was first introduced in 1978. This strip is the one of the most widely syndicated and merchandised of all time.
22: 1985 brought Calvin and Hobbes, the adventures of a small boy and his stuffed tiger. Author Bill Watterson refused to merchandise the characters in any way. The strip ended in 1996 but reruns are still run in many newspapers today.
23: In 1986, the first story of Maus was released. Art Spielgman's story based on the life of his father won a special Pulitzer Prize.
24: The late 1990s brought Stone Soup, Zits, and The Boondocks. Stone Soup started in 1995 about a working mother. Zits began by Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman in 1997 and chronicles the life of a 15 year old boy. Aaron McGruder's The Boondocks began syndication in over 150 newspapers in 1999. The strip follows African American children living in a mostly white area.
25: Pearls before Swine, written by Stephan Pastis began appearing in newspapers in 2001. The characters are aware they are in a comic strip and other comics are often parodied.
26: Political scientist, Hoard Zinn, released a graphic novel called, "People's History of American Empire in 2008. The novel was illustrated by Mike Konopacki. That same year, movie adaptations to Iron Man and The Dark Knight are released. The latter broke box office records raking in $155.41 million opening weekend.
27: More movie adaptations came along in 2009 and 2011. The Watchmen being released in 2009 and Thor, and The Green Lantern in 2011.