Open main menu

The New York Herald Tribune Syndicate was the syndication service of the New York Herald Tribune. Syndicating comic strips and newspaper columns, it operated from c. 1914 to 1966. The syndicate's most notable strips were Mr. and Mrs., Our Bill, Penny, Miss Peach, and B.C. Syndicated columns included Walter Lippmann's Today and Tomorrow (c. 1933–1967),[1] Weare Holbrook's Soundings, George Fielding Eliot's military affairs column, and John Crosby's radio and television column. Irita Bradford Van Doren was book review editor for a time.

New York Herald Tribune Syndicate
New York Herald Syndicate
IndustryPrint syndication
Fatemerged into Publishers Syndicate
Foundedc. 1914; 105 years ago (1914)
Defunct1966; 53 years ago (1966)
Headquarters230 West 41st Street, ,
Key people
Harry Staton
ProductsComic strips, newspaper columns
OwnersReid Family (1924–1958)
John Hay Whitney (1958–1966)



The syndicate dates back to at least 1914, when it was part of the New York Tribune.[2] (The Tribune acquired the New York Herald in 1924 to form the New York Herald Tribune.)[3]

The Syndicate's first comic strip of note was Clare Briggs' Mr. and Mrs., which debuted in 1919. Harry Staton became the editor and manager of the Syndicate in 1920;[4] other notable strips which launched in the 1920s included Harrison Cady's Peter Rabbit, Charles A. Voight's Betty (which had originated with the McClure Syndicate),[5] Crawford Young's Clarence,[6] and H. T. Webster's The Timid Soul (which had originated with the New York World).[7] All of those strips had long syndication runs of at least 25 years.

Strips launched by the Herald Tribune Syndicate in the 1930s included Dow Walling's Skeets[8] and Harry Haenigsen's Our Bill,[9] both of which had long runs. H. T. Webster's arrival in 1931 led to a rotating roster of cartoon features: The Timid Soul was seen on both Sunday and Monday. Youth's glories (The Thrill That Comes Once in a Lifetime) and the downside (Life's Darkest Moment) appeared on Saturdays and Tuesdays. On Wednesday, The Unseen Audience offered satirical jabs at radio. How to Torture Your Husband (or Wife) was published each Thursday, and the week ended with Bridge on Fridays.[10]

Strips begun in the 1940s included Haenigsen's Penny[11] and Leslie Charteris & Mike Roy's The Saint. Buell Weare stepped in as the Syndicate business manager in 1946[12][4] and Harold Straubing was comics editor c. 1946-1954.[13] In the period 1947–1948, the Syndicate tried out a number of weekly filler strips, none of which were particularly successful.

Mell Lazarus' Miss Peach and Johnny Hart's B.C. debuted in 1957[14] and 1958 respectively, and both went on to long runs (though ultimately with other syndicates).

In 1963, New York Herald Tribune publisher John Hay Whitney (who also owned the Chicago-based Field Enterprises) acquired the Chicago-based Publishers Syndicate,[15] merging Publishers' existing syndication operations with the New York Herald Tribune Syndicate, Field's Chicago Sun-Times Syndicate, and the syndicate of the Chicago Daily News[16] (a newspaper that had been acquired by Field Enterprises in 1959). When the New York Herald Tribune folded in 1966,[15] Publishers inherited the Tribune Syndicate's strips, including B.C., Miss Peach, and Penny.

In 1967, Field Enterprises acquired Robert M. Hall's New York-based Hall Syndicate, merging it with Publishers to form the Publishers-Hall Syndicate.

N.Y. Herald Tribune Syndicate strips and panelsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Writings of Walter Lippmann". C-SPAN. Retrieved 2011-06-30.
  2. ^ "Briggs Succumbs: Clare Briggs, Cartoon Genius, Dies at 54," Editor & Publisher (Jan. 11, 1930). Archived at "News of Yore 1930," Stripper's Guide. Accessed Dec. 1, 2017.
  3. ^ Kluger, Richard (1986). The Paper: The Life and Death of the New York Herald Tribune. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. ISBN 9780394508771. OCLC 13643103, p. 214.
  4. ^ a b "Syndicate Executives Profiled: Who's Who Among Leading U.S. Syndicate Executives," Editor & Publisher (Sept. 7, 1946). Archived at "News of Yore 1946," Stripper's Guide.
  5. ^ Markstein, Don. "Betty," Toonopedia. Accessed Dec. 6, 2017.
  6. ^ Crawford Young bio, Lambiek's Comiclopedia. Accessed Dec. 23, 2017.
  7. ^ Knoll, Edwin. "H. T. Webster Dies; 7 Months' Panels Done," Editor & Publisher (Sept. 27, 1952). Archived at Stripper's Guide. Accessed Nov. 26, 2018.
  8. ^ "Dow Walling and the Comic World Of Skeets," Whatnot Museum. Accessed Dec. 23, 2017.
  9. ^ Guide to the Harry Haenigsen Papers 1920-1970, Northwest Digital Archives
  10. ^ "Average Man," Time, Monday, November 26, 1945.
  11. ^ Reynolds, Moira Davison. Comic Strip Artists in American Newspapers, 1945-1980. McFarland, 2003.
  12. ^ a b Schelly, Bill. Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created Mad and Revolutionized Humor in America, (Fantagraphics Books, 2015), p. 108.
  13. ^ Harold Elk Straubing papers, 1935-1993, Rocky Mountain Online Archive. Accessed Dec. 6, 2017.
  14. ^ a b Roberts, Sam. "Mell Lazarus, Cartoonist of 'Miss Peach' and 'Momma,' Dies at 89," New York Times (MAY 25, 2016).
  15. ^ a b Stetson, Damon. "Herald Tribune Is Closing Its News Service: But Meyer Says Columns That Appeared in Paper Will Be in Merged Publication," New York Times (June 24, 1966).
  16. ^ Toni Mendez Collection
  17. ^ Harvey, R.C. "Hare Tonic: Johnny Hart to Appear B.C.," The Comics Journal (March 22, 2012).
  18. ^ Thomas Collins (April 26, 1987). "A boss who lets artists own the comics competitors call him a raider, 'but that implies that the talent is a caravan of slaves,' says the head of a new syndicate" (PDF). Newsday. p. 16. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 22, 2012. Retrieved August 18, 2012.
  19. ^ Holtz, Allan. "Ink-Slinger Profiles: C.A. Voight," Stripper's Guide (October 22, 2013).
  20. ^ Lawrence Larier entry, Who's Who of American Comic Books, 1928–1999. Accessed Dec. 6, 2017.
  21. ^ Gantz entry, Who's Who of American Comic Books 1928–1999. Accessed Nov. 3, 2018.
  22. ^ Knoll, Erwin. "HT Syndicate Offers Jeanie, New D&S Strip," Editor & Publisher (April 12, 1952). Archived at "News of Yore: Jeanie Strip to Debut - 1952," Stripper's Guide (February 13, 2008)
  23. ^ Gill Fox entry, Who's Who of American Comic Books, 1928–1999. Accessed Dec. 7, 2017.
  24. ^ Leon Winik entry, Who's Who of American Comic Books, 1928–1999. Accessed Dec. 7, 2017.
  25. ^ Kin Platt entry, Lambiek's Comiclopedia. Accessed Dec. 7, 2017.
  26. ^ Markstein, Don. "Mr. and Mrs.," Toonpedia. Accessed Dec. 23, 2017.
  27. ^ Markstein, Don. "Peter Rabbit," Don Markstein's Toonpedia. Accessed Dec. 6, 2017.
  28. ^ a b Mal Eaton entry, Lambiek's Comiclopedia. Accessed Dec. 7, 2017.