Mutt and Jeff was a long-running and widely popular American newspaper comic strip created by cartoonist Bud Fisher in about "two mismatched tinhorns". It is commonly regarded as the first daily comic strip. The concept of a newspaper strip featuring recurring characters in multiple panels on a six-day-a-week schedule had previously been pioneered through the short-lived A. Piker Clerk by Clare Briggs , but it was Mutt and Jeff as the first successful daily comic strip that staked out the direction of the future trend. Mutt and Jeff remained in syndication until , employing the talents of several cartoonists, chiefly Al Smith who drew the strip for nearly fifty years. Later it was also published as cartoons , films, pop culture merchandise and reprints.
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Historians regard Mutt and Jeff, originally titled A. It remained in syndication until , employing the talents of several cartoonists, chiefly Al Smith who drew the strip for nearly 50 years. The series became a comic book initially published by All-American Publications and later by DC Comics, Dell Comics and Harvey Comics , as well as cartoons, films, merchandising and reprints. Jeff is the mascot of the Fairbury, Nebraska High School. Augustus Mutt is a tall, dimwitted racetrack character—a fanatic horse-race gambler who is motivated by greed.
Mutt was the tall one, Jeff the short one. They were a funny paper team for well over 70 years. Cartoonist Harry "Bud" Fisher invented Mutt first, in , introducing him solo in a comic strip that ran daily on the sports page of the San Francisco Chronicle. Fisher originally used his strip to recount Augustus Mutt's misadventures in betting on the ponies.