Published caricatures and illustrations of William Randolph Hearst, an American newspaper publisher. Sources include illustrations
published in Puck, Harper’s Weekly, and Judge.
Hearst became the target of caricature artists as his circulation war with Joseph Pulitzer II escalated. When Hearst's political
ambitions were revealed during the 1900 presidential campaign, caricaturists went into overdrive. Pulitzer's paper the New
York World and Hearst's New York Journal changed the content of newspapers adding more sensationalized stories and increasing
the use of drawings and cartoons.
As more cartoons were being published in newspapers, Pulitzer began to publish a cartoon of his own that he titled "The Yellow
Kid" in 1896. The cartoon was created by R.F. Outcault and became one of many objects fought over between Hearst and Pulitzer
during their rivalry. Hearst later took Outcault and his cartoon from Pulitzer by offering him an outrageous salary. Pulitzer
published another version of the cartoon very similar to "The Yellow Kid" to continue competing with Hearst.
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