This is the compendium of cartoonists offered by King Features Syndicate in 1949. As the introduction said: “To a newspaper customer, the name ‘King Features Syndicate’ is a little line in agate type at the bottom of his favorite column or in he corner of his favorite comic. To the trade, KFS is a mammoth, world-blanketing enterprise, the largest syndicate in the world and a vital adjunct of the Hearst newspaper organization.”
Indeed. They had the most popular feature on the planet – “Blondie,” which ran in 1211 papers and “virtually cannot be sold anywhere else in this country.” But not everyone ran Brick Bradford – for good reason, if you ask me – and not everyone knew about some up-and-comers like Dick Wingert. This book was compiled to let editors know the range of King offerings, and many of the illustrations here were drawn just for this volume.