‘Ziggy’ and ‘Yellow Kid’ in Copyright Office Display

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By: E&P Staff

The United States Copyright Office — a department of the Library of Congress — will include a 1993 “Ziggy” comic and a classic 1896 “Yellow Kid” comic in a special graphics display for its newly renovated office in Washington, D.C.

Universal Press Syndicate said the “Ziggy” panel by Tom Wilson features the Yellow Kid holding out his hat while wearing an outfit that says “Copyright ran out — please help!” Ziggy has his head turned to the Yellow Kid, who is shoeless, and begging, but wearing a smile.

A Copyright Office spokesperson said the “Ziggy” and “Yellow Kid” comics in the display illustrate the history of U.S. copyright law, the copyright registration system, and the Copyright Office. The cartoons will be exhibited with images of other American icons such as the Statue of Liberty, the Oscar, and Coca-Cola.

“The Yellow Kid,” by Richard Outcault (1863-1928), is considered the first modern newspaper comic.

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