Cartoons, Comics & Humor with Phonograph Connections


Assorted Pre-1950


Assorted Post-1950


Dennis the Menace


Archie and Friends




Political Humor


The Yellow Kid & Pore Lil Mose


Talking Toy Humor




Comic Book Covers


What day is it? - George & Gracie





Frank and Ernest

Artist: Bob Thaves, 2002

"Mary had a little lamb..." were the first words reported spoken by Edison into his tinfoil phonograph on December 6, 1877 at Menlo Park, NJ.




Punch, April 6, 1878 - "I thought it was a Sewing-Machine."




Hello! Santy!! - Cartoon by Albert Reid

Topeka Mail and Breeze, ca. 1897

Courtesy of the Kansas Historical Society: "In this humorous cartoon, Reid depicts the cultural icon Santa Claus as he is about to fill a stocking with gifts. Santa is shocked and alarmed when the newfangled phonograph blurts out a recording of the child's Christmas wish list."


Happy Hooligan

Artist: Frederick Burr Opper, 1900





In 1900, Frederick Burr Opper created the always-in-trouble Happy Hooligan, a comic strip character who was known for his tiny tin-can hat. This cartoon (above) is panel number 1 from the June 21, 1903, a comic strip entitled, "Happy Hooligan Takes His Little Nephews to the Photographer," published by William Randolph Hearst newspapers.




From Appleton's Magazine and John Philip Sousa's article "The Menace of Mechanical Music," reprinted by The Talking Machine World, August 1906




The Talking Machine World, October 1906




The Talking Machine World, November 1906

Cartoons and excerpt from "The Mystery is Solved!" Now We Know Where the Voices of Our Broadway Song Birds Have Gone - An amusing skit that may interest Mr. Sousa.

The Talking Machine World, November 1906




The Talking Machine World, December 15, 1906




Reprinted in Talking Machine World, March 15, 1907



Reprinted in Talking Machine World, August 15, 1907





Talking Machine World, December 15, 1908




Talking Machine World, February 15, 1910




Talking Machine World, March 15, 1910




Talking Machine World, March 15, 1910




Life magazine, November 17, 1910




Reprinted in Talking Machine World, March 15, 1915




Talking Machine World, 1907



Suggested "Ad" for a Graphophone Company

Why go the Metropolitan Opera House when you can sleep so much more comfortably at home?

Artist: Life Magazine, 1910




Punch (?), c.1910




St. Louis Post-Dispatch, August 20, 1913

This 1913 cartoon is one of six panels from a comic strip of predictions by Robert Donald, managing editor of the London Chronicle, about the future of newspapers. It was reprinted by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in 1913 and posted in a blog by Stephen Roth in 2018.




Talking Machine World, April 15, 1914




Talking Machine World, September 15, 1913




Postcard, circa 1910




Mutt and Jeff by Bud Fisher, c. 1911

Everybody's Doin' It Now was one of a trio of songs written by Irving Berlin in 1911 that revolutionized American popular music.

Everybody's Doin' It Now sheet music courtesy of Library of Congress

LISTEN to Zonophone Record No. 816 by Harry Fay, 1911

Zonophone Record Everybody's doing it now - 1911

Postcard ca. 1912


The Talking Machine World, March 15, 1912




That Hawaiian Record

Life Magazine, 1917 (Courtesy Library of Congress)




"New Jazz Brand Record" by C. R. Allman, February 16, 1918 (Courtesy The Syncopated Times)







"Wonder What a Music Demonstrator Thinks About" by Clare Briggs, 1921 (Courtesy The Syncopated Times)

"The Talking Machine" by Clare Briggs, 1922 (Courtesy The Syncopated Times)







Artist: Carl Anderson, 1935

This tradecard shows Henry spinning upside down on a turntable. Henry was a popular cartoon character first appearing in the comic strip by the same name in 1932.







This line was said by Grouch Marx in the 1933 movie "Duck Soup"

"You can leave in a taxi. If you can't get a taxi, you can leave in a huff. If that's too soon, you can leave in a minute and a huff. You know, you haven't stopped talking since I came here? You must have been vaccinated with a phonograph needle."





Bringing Up Father by George McManus - Courtesy of King Features Syndicate







Dagwood, 2001

Artist: Dean Young & Denis Lebrun, 7-1-2001





Bob Thaves, Frank and Ernest April 13, 2003






Blondie, 2012

©King Features Syndicate, 6-25-2012






Calvin and Hobbes, September 2014

Artist: Bill Watterson







The Listening Room

Artist: Stereo Review, August 1980






Test Record - Second Opinion

Artist: Stereo Review, May 1987







25 Watt Hi-Fi

Artist: Stereo Review









Slightly Used Tape Recorders

Artist: Unknown








Hi-Fi Performers

Artist: Stereo Review







Divine Sounds

Artist: Stereo Review







The Purists

Artist: Unknown












The Buckets - LPs vs. CDs

Artist: Greg Cravens, October 7, 2007








The Attraction of Vinyl

Artist: Gregory









Old-School Music Streaming

Artist: Bizarro, 2018








What's a Record?

Artist: Bill Amend, 1998







Mother Goose and Grimm

Artist: Mike Peters, 2018







Artist: Wayno & Piraro, 2018







Artist: Joan Cornellà, 2017










Courtesy of Adam Zyglis, The Buffalo News, July 6, 2012

















Courtesy of Mark Anderson of


Capitol Record Club, Magazine Advertisement 1965




Courtesy of Daniel Beyers of

Bee-Gees, The Honey Bees (The 60's Girl Group)




Courtesy of Daniel Beyers of 2016




Cartoon tribute to Allen Koenigsberg, author of the Antique Phonograph Monthly and Phonograph expert, from American cartoonist Bud Sagendorf, 1973







Available for purchase from Cartoonstock

Laura by Pat Sullivan (Courtesy The Syncopated Times)

Described as a snip off, after Felix The Cat, called "Laura" which is created by Pat Sullivan based on Sunday comic strip between 1926 and 1935.

Comic Book Covers

Dick Tracy, 1957






Little Dot, 1960