Please forward this error screen to sharedip-10718057185. The Captain and the Kids” german for kids 4 years old here. The Katzenjammer Kids is an American comic strip created by Rudolph Dirks and drawn by Harold H.
After a series of legal battles between 1912 and 1914, Dirks left the Hearst organization and began a new strip, first titled Hans and Fritz and then The Captain and the Kids. It featured the same characters seen in The Katzenjammer Kids, which was continued by Knerr. The two separate versions of the strip competed with each other until 1979, when The Captain and the Kids ended its six-decade run. The Katzenjammer Kids was inspired by Max and Moritz, a children’s story of the 1860s by German author Wilhelm Busch. The comic strip was turned into a stage play in 1903.
It inspired several animated cartoons and was one of 20 strips included in the Comic Strip Classics series of U. The Katzenjammer Kids was so popular that it became two competing comic strips and the subject of a lawsuit. This happened because Dirks, in 1912, wanted to take a break after drawing the strip for 15 years, but the Hearst newspaper syndicate would not allow it. Dirks left anyway, and the strip was taken over by Harold Knerr. Dirks’ last strip appeared March 16, 1913. Knerr’s version of the strip introduced several major new characters in the 1930s. Miss Twiddle, a pompous tutor, and her brainy niece Lena came to stay permanently with the Katzenjammers in early 1936.
Later in the year Twiddle’s ex-pupil, “boy prodigy” Rollo Rhubarb joined them. The ever-smug Rollo is always trying to outwit Hans and Fritz, but his cunning plans often backfire. Initially named Hans und Fritz after the two naughty protagonist brothers, Dirks’ new feature was called The Captain and the Kids from 1918 on. The Captain and the Kids was very similar to The Katzenjammer Kids in terms of content and characters, but Dirks had a looser and more verbal style than Knerr, who on the other hand often produced stronger, more direct gags and drawings. The Captain and the Kids also introduced some new characters. Ginga Dun is a snooty Indian trader who can outsmart almost anyone and only talks in verse.
Captain Bloodshot is a pint-sized pirate rival of John Silver’s. The Captain and the Kids expanded as a daily strip during the 1930s, but it had only a short run. However, the Sunday strip remained popular for decades. From 1946, Dirks’ son, John Dirks, gradually began doing more of the work on The Captain and the Kids. Joe Musial taking over in 1956. The title card for The Captain and the Kids. The Katzenjammer Kids characters initially appeared outside comics in a handful of live-action silent films, the first released in 1898.
This first film, titled The Katzenjammer Kids In School was made for the Biograph Company by William George Bitzer. Between December 1916 and August 1918, a total of 37 Katzenjammer Kids silent cartoon shorts were produced by William Randolph Hearst’s own cartoon studio International Film Service, which adapted well-known comic strips owned by Hearst for animation. The Captain and the Kids version of the strip was also animated for television as a back-up segment on Filmation’s Archie’s TV Funnies in 1971. For the most part, Harold Knerr’s version of the comic is used in these annual comic books. Art Clokey, the creator of Gumby, has claimed that The Katzenjammer Kids inspired the creation of Gumby’s nemeses, The Block-heads. Playboy frequently featured in its late 1970s-early 1980s “Playboy Funnies” pages a spoof of the Katzenjammer Kids called “The Krautzenbummer Kids” with adult style gags.
The Captain and the Kids has been published as an annual comic book in Norway since 1987. When no more reproducible material was available in 2001, Per Sanderhage, the editor of the Danish comic strip agency PIB, negotiated a deal where Ferd’nand cartoonist Henrik Rehr would redraw 32 pages loosely based on old magazine clippings for the annual. Dirks profile: “Born in Heide, Germany, Rudolph Dirks moved with his parents to Chicago at the age of seven. The Katzenjammer Kids at Don Markstein’s Toonopedia. Archived from the original on September 9, 2015. The Captain and the Kids at Don Markstein’s Toonopedia. Archived from the original on April 9, 2012.