(1877 - 1968)
Rudolph Dirks was active/lived in New York / Germany. Rudolph Dirks is known for cartoonist, landscape painting, engraving.
Biography Rudolph Dirks
Rudolph Dirks was on of the major figures in the development of newspaper comics. He invented the Katzenjammer Kids
in 1897, and drew them for roughly the next half century.
Although he remained fond of Hans and Fritz throughout his long
lifetime, his major interest was painting.
Dirks was born in
Germany and grew up in the Chicago area. His initial intent was
to be a woodcarver like his father, but "one week in the shop settled
that. I almost cut off one hand." He decided on cartooning
and painting, and in the late 1890s followed his older brother, Gus,
also a cartoonist, to Manhattan. "I decided to go to New York
where all the jokes came from". After working at a variety of
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