The Barnyard Club is one of those features that, if we were to be able to unlock its secrets, might be very revealing of the early comic strip business. It was summer 1898, and R.F. Outcault was in the process of moving back and forth between Pulitzer’s New York World and Hearst’s New York Journal. Somehow in the middle of all this Outcault created a pair of features that, as far as we know, ran only in the Philadelphia Inquirer. We’ve covered this subject before when we talked about The Country School, and at the time mentioned the existence of a second series by Outcault. Well, here it is, once more courtesy of Cole Johnson.
The Barnyard Club ran July 17 to November 6 1898. An odd side-note (or maybe its crucial — who knows?) is that J.B. Lowitz produced a Sunday panel by the same name for the New York World earlier that year.