The New York American published Krazy Kat in the Sunday edition, separate from the color comic supplement. The idea of Krazy Kat first emerged from George Herriman’s pen in 1910 while he was drawing The Dingbat Family for The New York Journal. In 1913, the cartoon evolved into a fully realized black and white comic strip populated by Krazy, Ignatz the Mouse, and Offisa Bull Pupp. Krazy Kat was promoted to a full color strip and included in the Sunday comic supplement in January 1916.
In The Seven Lively Arts published in 1922, author Gilbert Seldes wrote that Krazy Kat and Charlie Chaplin movies represented America ’s highest achievement in the arts. In the same year, John Alden Carpenter composed the Krazy Kat ballet, a seven minute jazz piece performed in Town Hall by Adolph Bolm.
Unlike other comic strips which were drawn by multiple artists and their assistants, George Herriman was the only artist who ever drew Krazy Kat. His death in 1944 marked the end of the strip.