George Herriman made quite the coup as a young unknown cartoonist in 1902 when he landed a berth at one of the most prestigious papers in the country, Pulitzer’s New York World. Although he certainly didn’t become a star there, he did produce some interesting series. There was little hint of the greatness to come, but this early material certainly displays an excellent knack for slapstick.
His first continuing series for the World was Musical Mose, a raucous strip about a black musician who desperately tries to get a good gig with little success. The strip ran for just three wacky episodes, in the first of which the star wasn’t even named Mose, but rather Sam. Oh well, details, details. The strip ran on January 19, February 16 and 23 1902.
Thanks to Cole Johnson for the scans!