The San Francisco Library is hosting an exhibit called Pretty in Ink, the history of North American Women Cartoonists. A lot of it is stuff that I find really cool. A lot of women have drawn cartoons over the years and sadly even though they drew them well, they are lesser known:
Edwina Dumm (1893-1990) (above and below) was the first full-time female editorial cartoonist. She started drawing editorial cartoons in 1915 for the Columbus (Oh) Daily Monitor. She was famous for drawing the comic strips Trixie and Cap Stubbs.
Next up is Jungle Comics with artwork done by Marcia Snyder during the 1940's:
The next two are the work of Tarpe Wills(1915-1988) who created Miss Fury. Miss Fury was created in 1941 before Wonder Woman and was pretty risque for the time:
|An original Sunday strip dated 5-27-1945|
|An ad for Miss Fury|
Here is Dale Messick (1906-2005) and her creation Brenda Starr which ran for about 70 years. Messick was the chief artist until 1980:
Finally, here is some of the work of Grace Drayton (1877-1936). She created popular period comics and created the "Campbell Soup Kids" ads:
Pretty in Ink was super cool. I learned a lot and will be doing more research into this subject.