"see you in the funny paper"
The Yellow Kid is usually credited as being the first newspaper comic strip
Public DomainThe Yellow Kid is usually credited as being the first newspaper comic strip - Credit: Richard Felton Outcault

Comic strips, colloquially known as ‘the funnies’, began to appear in American newspapers during the late nineteenth century. Popular contemporary strips featured the Yellow Kid, the Katzenjammer Kids, Happy Hooligan and Little Nemo. Though the parting phrase ‘see you in the funny paper’ was popular during the early decades of the last century and did not generally imply malice, it nonetheless suggests that there is something ridiculous about the person to whom it is said.

Little Nemo in Slumberland
Public DomainLittle Nemo in Slumberland - Credit: Winsor McCay