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James Swinnerton (1875-1974) was a popular comic strip artist and a respected landscape painter. He began his professional comic art career for a Hearst newspaper in 1892, and is regarded as one of the significant contributors to the early development of this art form. His strips included The Little Bears, Mr. Jack, and Little Jimmy. He was diagnosed with tuberculosis in 1906 (and told he had only weeks to live), but a move to the dry southwest brought him back to health. The beautiful southwestern deserts became his favorite subject in landscape art. His passions for comic art and the southwest (and his affection for the Hopi and Navajo people he befriended in his travels) merged in 1922 into a regular feature for Good Housekeeping magazine, the Canyon Kiddies, pairing comic art scenes with descriptive rhymes. The early popularity of this feature led to the publishing of this collection of comics in book form in 1923. No further book collections were published, though Canyon Kiddies was included in the magazine (with one 7-year hiatus) until 1941. This reprint of the 1923 collection includes full color and black-and-white sketch art.