Lew Stringer debunks the idea that Beano and The Dandy invented the speech balloon
with a look at some older comics, like this 1917 cover of Picture Fun No. 428, which uses word balloons AND the then-current wads and wads of text, as originated in The Yellow Kid.
Stringer is talking about the BRITISH history of comics, but comics history buffs worldwide will enjoy this.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.