When I first discovered the work of Clare Briggs I knew less about comics of the early 20th century than I do now. I still can't say I know a lot. I can't tell you whether he was influential, or simply working in the style of the day. I do know he was pretty damned good. Wikipedia:

Clare A. Briggs (August 5, 1875 – January 3, 1930) was an early American comic strip artist who rose to fame in 1904 with his strip A. Piker Clerk. Briggs was best known for his later comic strips When a Feller Needs a FriendAin't It a Grand and Glorious Feeling?The Days of Real Sport,and Mr. and Mrs..

It must have been a hell of a grind - a big panel every day.



He did okay:

Briggs was a popular lecturer, earning $100 for a single speech. He accepted a five-week contract for $500 a week to appear on the vaudeville circuit in 1914. In 1919, he produced four comedy film shorts for Paramount Pictures. The Mr. and Mrs. radio series, based on Briggs' strip, starred Jack Smart and Jane Houston as Jo and Vi. The series was broadcast on CBS from 1929 to 1931.

Odd end: "In September 1929, neuritis of the optic nerve led Briggs to Baltimore for treatment at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He died at the Neurological Institute of pneumonia on January 3, 1930." He left a daughter . . . named Clare. Who became a cartoonist herself.

We're going to spend the year looking at his 1916 work. Peak of his fame and talents; still relevant, now and then, and still amusing. Unless you're inured to humor of the past, in which case this will all be old fish to you. But I hope not. I'm glad I found his work, and hope you enjoy the collection.