Death of Newspapers #8: Cliff Sterrett and Michael Moore
Cliff Sterrett began Polly and Her Pals
in 1912 as Positive Polly.
It ran in Hearst papers as both a daily strip and a Sunday strip. The onset of arthritis led him to bring in Paul Fung and Vernon Greene as assistants on the dailies. Sterrett needed a full page to display his innovative visuals, verging on cubism, but after WWII, his masterpiece no longer had a full page, and it came to an end on Sunday, June 15, 1958, as newspapers continued to downsize the comics. As Michael Moore puts it, newspapers "slit their own throats."
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