National Cartoonists Day Illustrates America's Love for Humor
Christian Science Monitor
National Cartoonist Society launched National Cartoonists Day on May 5th, 1999. Polly Keener and Ken Alvine were co-chairs of the National Cartoonists Day Committee to increase awareness of the holiday. It was on May 5, 1895 that "Hogan's Alley" became the first comic. It began in the New York Sunday World. The character who became known as the Yellow Kid was the star of the comic drawn and written by Richard Outcault.