Here’s a real early item, Posey County by Frank Ladendorf. Ladendorf produced this series of Sunday panels for the New York World from August 1 1897 to May 15 1898. The Outcault influence is pretty obvious here, these action-filled panels closely resembling the great Hogan’s Alley full pagers.
Ladendorf was a fixture of the World’s Sunday section from its inception to about 1903. He then switched over to the McClure Syndicate for a short stint, then eventually reappeared at the World for one last very quick appearance in 1908.