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Encyclopedia > Bud Fisher

Harry Conway "Bud" Fisher (April 3, 1885 - September 7, 1954) was an American cartoonist who created the first successful daily comic strip in the United States. Born in Chicago, Illinois, Fisher studied at the University of Chicago then went to work in San Francisco as a journalist and sketch artist in the sports department of the San Francisco Chronicle. In late 1907 he introduced a comic strip character he called "Mr. A. Mutt" (the initial stood for Augustus) that became instantly popular with the paper's readers. In March of 1908, Fisher added a sceond character he named "Jeff," a diminutive man, the opposite of the tall and skinny Mutt. April 3 is the 93rd day of the year (94th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 272 days remaining. ... 1885 is a common year starting on Thursday. ... September 7 is the 250th day of the year (251st in leap years). ... 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A cartoonist at work. ... This article is about the comic strip, the sequential art form as published in newspapers and on the Internet. ... Chicago, known as the Second City and the Windy City, is the third-largest city in population in the United States, following New York City and Los Angeles. ... The University of Chicago is a private university primarily located in the Hyde Park neigborhood of Chicago, Illinois, founded in 1890, doors opened in 1892. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... The San Francisco Chronicle, the self-described Voice of the West, is Northern Californias largest newspaper. ...


The "Mutt and Jeff" comic strip gained such popularity that Fisher, who was able to claim copyright to the characters, received an offer to produce it for the San Francisco Examiner owned by William Randolph Hearst. The move to the Hearst Corporation chain exposed the comic strip to a multitude of new audiences through its numerous papers across the United States. Mutt and Jeff comic book from 1919. ... Copyright symbol. ... The San Francisco Examiner is a daily newspaper in San Francisco, California, where it has been published continuously since 1865, beginning with the name The Daily Examiner. ... William Randolph Hearst William Randolph Hearst (April 29, 1863 – August 14, 1951) was an American newspaper magnate, born in San Francisco, California. ... The Hearst Corporation is a large privately-held media conglomerate based in New York City. ...


In 1911, Nestor Studios of New Jersey acquired the right to make "Mutt and Jeff" short film comedies after which Fisher decided he could make more money controlling film production himself. As a result, in 1913 he created the "Bud Fisher Film Corporation" and signed a deal with American Pathé. They made thirty-six "Mutt and Jeff" short comedies in 1913 but for more than two years production ceased when Fisher's copyright claim was challenged. Once the courts upheld Fishers copright claim, the comic strip was syndicated nationwide and 1916 and 1926, his film production company created another two hundred and seventy-seven "Mutt and Jeff" film productions. On these film projects, Fisher is almost exclusively credited as the writer, animator, and director, however, the majority of the animation work was actually done by animators Raoul Barré and Charles Bowers. Christie-Nestor Studios, circa 1913 The Nestor Motion Picture Company of Bayonne, New Jersey, owned by David Horsley and his brother William, opened the first motion picture studio in Hollywood in the Blondeau Tavern building at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Gower Street on October 27, 1911. ... Official language(s) None defined, English de facto Capital Trenton Largest city Newark Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 47th 22,608 km² 110 km 240 km 14. ... Short subject is an American film industry term that historically has referred to any film in the format of two reels, or approximately 20 minutes running time, or less. ... Pathé or Pathé Frères is the name of various businesses founded and originally run by the Pathé Brothers of France. ... Raoul Barré (January 29, 1874 - May 21, 1932) was a Canadian and American cartoonist, animator of the Silent Era, and artist. ...


"Mutt and Jeff" was also published in comic book form and the income from its multiple uses made Bud Fisher a very wealthy man. In 1932 Fisher authorized Al Smith to produce the strip under his supervision. When Fisher died in 1954, Smith started signing his own name and continued to draw the cartoons until 1980 when George Breisacher took over for its final two years. A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ...


Bud Fisher died at the age of sixty-nine in New York City and was buried in the Woodlawn Cemetery in The Bronx. The Empire State Building (right) and the Chrysler Building (left) are easily recognized symbols of New York City to the world. ... The Bronx is one of the five boroughs of New York City in the United States. ...


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Don Markstein's Toonopedia: Mutt and Jeff (873 words)
But Fisher's strip is the first to make a notable success of it, and therefore the one that established the trend in that direction.
In 1913, Fisher moved it to The Wheeler Syndicate (later known as Bell Syndicate).
By this time, Fisher was relying more on his assistants than his own work, and spent most of his time enjoying the huge amounts of money the strip earned for him.
Fisher - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (185 words)
The fisher (Martes pennanti) is a North American marten.
Fisher Automobile Company, first automobile dealership in the United States.
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