"Merry Xmas Morning in Hogan's Alley."

Outcault, R. F. "Merry Xmas Morning in Hogan's Alley." Hogan's Alley. New York World 15 Dec. 1895. R. F. Outcault’s The Yellow Kid: A Centennial Celebration of the Kid Who Started the Comics. Northampton, Mass.: Kitchen Sink Press, 1995. Plate 8.

Again, one year later we see a transformation; the 1895 cartoon above is a plea for charity at home, and the characters have makeshift toys and pleasures on Christmas. Below, consumerism has taken hold and the Yellow Kid seems to have wandered straight into the middle class. The "Santy Klaws" so absent from the image above makes a personal appearance below. It's unclear if charity's presence is welcome; the Kid's shirt reads: "Dis is a nice suit of close. But wot I really need is a comb an hair brush. He ought ter gave me a toot' brush to pit me too teet'." A sign attached to the suit reads, "From a snide clothier who is using yer face fer an advertizment." Outcault may be better off for having invented his character, but he already feels his lack of commercial control over his creation. He can control the Kid's world however—perhaps this is why we see a happier, middle-class scene.

Outcault, R. F. and E. W. Townsend. "A Merry X-Mas in McFadden's Flats." McFadden's Row of Flats. New York Journal 13 Dec. 1896. R. F. Outcault’s The Yellow Kid: A Centennial Celebration of the Kid Who Started the Comics. Northampton, Mass.: Kitchen Sink Press, 1995. Plate 57.

"A Merry X-Mas in McFadden's Flats."
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