The Yellow Kid

Real Name

Unknown (but referred to by Outcault as "Mickey Dugan")

First Appearance

'Hogan Alley' cartoons for Truth magazine (1894)

Created by

Richard F. Outcault


The Yellow Kid was a child who lived in the New York ghettos with his friends who were together considered to be troublemakers. His head was shaved most likely due to lice and his shirt was a hand-me-down from his older sister.

Public Domain Appearances

  • Hogan Alley (1894 - 1895)
  • Fourth Ward Brownies (1895)
  • McFadden’s Row of Flats (1896 - 1897)
  • Around the World with the Yellow Kid (1897)
  • Ryan's Arcade (September 1897 - January 1898)


  • The Yellow Kid would make guest appearances in his creator's later comic strip, Buster Brown.

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