The short video below is an introduction to how comics strips became embedded in the public consciousness early in the 20 th century:
Here is a neat potted history of EC Comics I found on YouTube. Without them there would be no comics fandom, Mad magazine or the underground comix of the 1960′s. Below that there is a piece about the great Will Eisner, creator of the Spirit comic strip in the 1940′s:
Below is a little video I found which appears to be based on images from the great Winsor McCay’s comic strip LITTLE NEMO from the early decades of the 20th Century.The recording is Jascha – “Some Hungry Guy”. I don’t have any further info about the little animation at the moment but it is interesting.
Below is a rare old film of Winsor McCay in action from 1911. I picked it up when referenced by Bhob Stewart on his excellent Potrzebie page some time back.It led on to several other film references which you can view too: