Rudolph Dirks

Artist | * 02/26/1877 († 91, 04/20/1968) | Heide (Germany)
Rudolph Dirks (February 26, 1877 – April 20, 1968) was one of the earliest and most noted comic strip artists, well known for The Katzenjammer Kids (later known as The Captain and the Kids). Dirks was born in Heide, Germany, to Johannes and Margaretha Dirks. When he was seven years old, his father, a woodcarver, moved the family to Chicago, Illinois. After having sold various cartoons to local magazines Rudolph moved to New York City and found work as a cartoonist. His younger brother Gus soon followed his example. He held several jobs as an illustrator, which culminated in a position with William Randolph Hearst's New York Journal. The circulation war between the Journal and Joseph Pulitzer's New York World was raging. The World had a huge success with the full-color Sunday feature, Down in Hogan's Alley, better known as the Yellow Kid, starting in 1895. Editor Rudolph Block asked Dirks to develop a Sunday comic based on Wilhelm Busch's cautionary tale, Max and Moritz. When Dirks submitted his sketches, Block dubbed them The Katzenjammer Kids, and the first strip appeared on December 12, 1897. Gus Dirks assisted his brother with The Katzenjammer Kids during the first few years until his suicide on June 10, 1902. ()
Most frequent genres for this person: Animation

Awards & Nominations for Rudolph Dirks

Will Eisner Hall of Fame

Movies with Rudolph Dirks as Crew(1)

Writing/Idea1938 The Winning Ticket

Full Name: Rudolph Dirks
Born: Monday, 02/26 1877 (February) in Heide (Germany)
Died: Saturday, 04/20 1968 (April) in New York City (aged: 91)
Zodiac sign: Pisces (Chinese zodiac sign: Ox)
Languages: English (EN)
Employer: Life, Judge, New York Journal-American, New York World
Rudolph Dirks frequently works together with these people:
Mel Blanc (1x, Actor)
Billy Bletcher (1x, Actor)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:682966, Added: 10/29/2018, Last updated: 03/27/2023