Clare Briggs

Clare Briggs (* August 5, 1875 in Reedsburg, Wisconsin, † January 3, 1930 in New York) was an American cartoonist and comic book artist. With the Comic A. Piker Clerk, he created the first daily strip.

Life and work

Briggs, who moved with his family to Illinois and Nebraska, published his first drawings in the 1890s in The Western Penman. In 1896 he was signatory to the St. Louis Democrat, two years later, he moved to St. Louis Chronicle. In 1900, Briggs moved to New York, where he studied at the Pratt Institute and the New York Journal and the New York World worked. William Randolph Hearst hired him as a draftsman for his Chicago newspapers. There he created with A. Piker Clerk first published daily comic. A. Piker Clerk spending a total of one and a half years and was later plagiarized by Bud Fisher Mutt and Jeff successfully. In 1914, Briggs moved back to New York where he created, several other series. In his last years, Briggs had to deal with health problems before he died in January 1930 at the age of 54 years.