Those with a truly elephantine memory will say that we’ve already covered Barnyard Club as an obscurity, way back in 2009. Not so, not so! There were two early features that went by that moniker, both running in the summer months of the very same year. This was the first of the Barnyard Clubs, beating Outcault’s version to the papers by a mere two months. It was drawn by J.B. Lowitz for the New York World‘s Sunday comics section from May 15 to June 19 1898. Nothing too terribly interesting about either feature, both of which offered ‘humorous’ situations featuring farm animals. Both features were exceeding well-drawn, but otherwise unmemorable.
Before anyone asks, I’ll admit that I do not know the identity of A.N.B., who drew the framing cartoons around the top sample.
Thanks to Cole Johnson for the scans.