From Art to Page, a Quick Look
You can read and view a far more in-depth look at how cartoons went from an artist’s drawing to a newsprint page from the 1910s to the 1980s, but is a quick visual summary!
The artist draws a comic.
A negative is made from the original comic, also reducing its size down to the final dimensions that will be reproduced in a newspaper.
The Zinc Plate
The negative is exposed to a zinc plate covered in photosensitive emulsion, which is then etched in acid to produce this production zinc plate for the next step.
Under pressure, a special kind of heavy paper takes an impression of the zinc plate, producing a mold called a flong, which is sent to newspapers for reproduction.
The Stereotype Plate
Newspapers cast the flong as a flat plate of lead alloy, called a stereotype, which is used in laying out a page.
The Laid-Out Page
A make-up person puts all the materials together that form a page of a newspaper.
The Full Newspaper Page Flong
The entire newspaper page is then made under heavy pressure into another flong, used as a mold for the next step.
The Full Newspaper Hemispherical Stereotype
In a special casting device, an entire hemispherical metal stereotype plate is cast to go on press.
The Stereotype on Press
The plate is locked onto a rotary newspaper press.
Reading the Comics
The printed page goes out to readers, who particularly enjoy the comics pages.
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