As stated in nearly exactly the same phrasing in my "Morluunth" thread, because I'm quoting to save time, the following is an allusion to the popular "Amazing Spider-Man" comic strip series that used to be featured in the daily newspapers across the country, though especially in the New York Newspapers, of the 1970s, 80s, and early 90s.
They had to be written in such a way as to conserve space, inform brand new readers of what was happening AND maintain a sense of narrative connection.
Not easy, to say the least.
Presumably these strips vanished for the same reason newspapers themselves began to vanish at the turn of the millennia. A rather clever tragicomic spoof of the event, though, I must say ...
I was thinking of the popularity of the Superman news strip when including some of today's submissions. In the era before internet, paper and radio were king and, after policemen and first responders, reporters were arguably the most quickly informed people in existence. Such reason was actually given by Superman himself in explaining his choice of civilian vocation.
Looking at it again, though, it's probably equally true that Siegel and Schuster chose to have Superman work at a newspaper because they knew that THEY would be working at a newspaper if their creation had any legs. Sometimes the power of positive thinking takes people far ...
"In the United States, the great popularity of comics sprang from the newspaper war (1887 onwards) between Pulitzer and Hearst. The Little Bears (1893–96) was the first American comic strip with recurring characters, while the first color comic supplement was published by the Chicago Inter-Ocean sometime in the latter half of 1892, followed by the New York Journal's first color Sunday comic pages in 1897. On January 31, 1912, Hearst introduced the nation's first full daily comic page in his New York Evening Journal. The history of this newspaper rivalry and the rapid appearance of comic strips in most major American newspapers is discussed by Ian Gordon ..."