Mr. Skygack, From Mars: Topics in Chronicling America
The newspaper debut of Mr. Skygack marked the 1st feature of an extraterrestial in comics history. This guide provides access to materials related to the "My Skygack, From Mars" in the Chronicling America digital collection of historic newspapers.
Chronicling America is a searchable digital collection of historic newspaper pages from 1777-1963 sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.
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In October 1907, Mr. Skygack, From Mars made its debut as a comic strip illustated by A. D. Condo and produced/written by Fed Schaefer. Despite being a mostly single panel comic strip, Mr. Skygack was syndicated throughout multiple newspapers leading to a wider audience. The comic was about an extraterrestial named Mr. Skygack who would observe "Earth-beings" while meticulously taking notes. It also marked the first feature of an extraterrestial in comics history. Read more about it!
The information in this guide focuses on primary source materials found in the digitized historic newspapers from the digital collection Chronicling America.
The timeline below highlights important dates related to this topic and a section of this guide provides some suggested search strategies for further research in the collection.
Mr. Skygack, From Mars,” a comic strip produced by Fred Schaefer (writer) and A.D. Condo (illustrator), makes its first appearance.
Mr. Skygack observes the “Second Battle of San Juan Hill”; five panels drawn by George W. Rehse.
Fred Schaefer explains Mr. Skygack in his “Who’s Who in the Comics” column.
W. Aird MacDonald becomes the illustrator of “Mr. Skygack From Mars.”
Last appearance of Mr. Skygack in his own comic strip.
Mr. Skygack visits Osgar und Adolf after “Mr. Skygack From Mars” has ceased publication.