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Its drawings, most of which were caricatures and cartoons rather than straight realism, hit hard. Though Vanity Fair has the look of the early Punch, the editors were anti-John Bull. They were also, to their cost, Democrats, though not of the Copperhead variety. The magazine probably failed because it was too critical of the national administration in wartime and made too many enemies for other reasons. Through its early years Puck exhibited a split personality, but this appears to have been a strength rather than a weakness.

Minor Humorists," in The Cambridge History of American Literature, Vol. III. New York: Macmillan, 1933. Pp. 21-30. Wyman, Mary Alice. Two American Pioneers, Seba Smith and Elizabeth Oakes Smith. New York: Columbia University Press, 1927. Yates, Norris W. The American Humorist, Conscience of the Twentieth Century. Ames: Iowa State University Press, 1964. William T. Porter and the Spirit of the Times: A Study of the Big Bear School of Humor. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1957. Anthologies Blair, Walter.

Franklin P. Adams) wrote his first column for the Journal in 1903, moving on to the New York Evening Mail the next year. His "Conning Tower" column began appearing in the New York Tribune in 1913. The most inventive of the later columnists was Don Marquis whose first column, "The Sun Dial," was introduced in the New York Evening Sun in 1912. " Marquis did not usually write about himself or his friends or comment directly on the state of the nation. The characters he invented spoke for him. The most popular of these were archy the giant cockroach and his friend mehitabel the alley cat.

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