Tiger Tim, by Julius Stafford Baker

Julius Stafford Baker was the creator of 'Tiger Tim', probably the oldest and longest-lived British comic hero. Also the first newspaper strip in England, 'Tiger Tim' was the ringleader of Mrs. Hippo's kindergarten. Stafford-Baker started it, back in 1889, and it the appeared as a supplement to The World & his Wife, a magazine aimed at domestic servants, Housekeepers, nannies etc. The first appearance in the Daily Mirror was on April 16, 1904. Baker modeled his funny animal characters to the style of the American James Swinnerton. The strip was not a continuing story at first, but consisted of several one-shot panels in the children's section of the Mirror. But from November 1904, 'Tiger Tim' became the star of The Playbox, the comics supplement of The World and His Wife.

Tiger Tim, by Julius Stafford Baker

Throughout the years, the comic was continued in several supplements. In 1914, the characters were transferred to another school, Mrs. Bruin's Boarding School, which gave them the new subtitle 'The Bruin Boys'. In mid-1914, Herbert Foxwell took over the strip, who drew the strip for many years. After World War II, the strip was taken over by Stafford-Baker's son, who was also called Julius Stafford-Baker.

Tiger Tim, by Julius Stafford Baker

Last updated: 2007-01-19

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