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In 1904, the first daily comic strip A. Piker Clerk by Clare Briggs ran in the Chicago American. On November 15, 1907 , Bud Fisher introduced A. Mutt in the San Francisco Chronicle. The popular daily comic strip, quickly rechristened Mutt and Jeff, became a model for the daily comic strip format. Bud Fisher was also the first cartoonist to copyright his work under his own name and successfully defend the copyright in court. This action and the popularity of Mutt and Jeff eventually made him a millionaire. Nine years after the birth of Mutt and Jeff, comic pages such as this one from the December 28, 1916 , New York American were a common feature in daily papers.

An example of a Daily funnies page