We're celebrating by sharing this great, early comic strip drawn and written by a young Max Fleischer, and which appeared in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle on December 14, 1903. E.K. Sposher, the intrepid photographer featured in this strip, is attempting to photograph the Williamsburg Bridge which would open a few days after publication, on December 19, 1903.
... biked his way across the Brooklyn Bridge, found the Eagle's offices, somehow or other got to meet Herbert S. Ardell, the manager of the Art Department and made him a proposition. Max offered to pay the Eagle two dollars a week to just let him sit in the Art Department and watch the artists work.
"once he got his foot in the door, the rest of him would soon follow."
And he wasn't wrong. In no time at all, Max was promoted to copy boy, then trained as a photo retoucher, then a photographer and by 1902 Max Fleischer was one of the youngest staff cartoonists at a major newspaper drawing both editorial cartoons and two strips of his own: Algy and E.K. Sposher, the Camera Fiend (featured in the strip above.)
National Cartoonists Day honors all cartoonists, past and present, the works they have created and the joy they have brought into our lives. We are thrilled to celebrate this wonderful day with you!