Today in Comics History: Cliff Sterrett


Today in 1883, Cliff Sterrett was born in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. Sometimes referred to as the Picasso of comic strips, he would grow up to create the strip “Positive Polly,” the first with a female lead. As it evolved into “Polly & Her Pals,” it eventually began exploring elements of surrealism, expressionism, cubism and even dadims. Pantomime was also explored. The strip ran for 46 years, ending with Sterrett’s retirement in 1958.

(Sources: ASIFA-Hollywood, Toonopedia, Lambiek and SteveStiles.com; postcard photo courtesy Steve Krupp’s Curio Shoppe)

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