Before the Internet and {{Webcomics}}, the only place to find daily, serialized comic strips was (and for many people, still is) the back page of your local mainstream or alternative newspaper.

Comic strips can cover a wide range of formats, topics, characters and artistic styles. ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' and ''ComicStrip/TheFamilyCircus'' are one-panel gag strips. ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'' and ''ComicStrip/{{Pogo}}'', while light-hearted on the surface, were thick with {{Story Arc}}s and [[StrawCharacter political commentary]]. Other strips, like ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' and ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'', delightfully portray the experiences of childhood, and thus have broad, long-term appeal. There have been countless serialized adventure strips like ''ComicStrip/ThePhantom,'' ''ComicStrip/FlashGordon,'' ''ComicStrip/PrinceValiant'' and ''ComicStrip/DickTracy''; soap opera/slice-of-life strips like ''ComicStrip/GasolineAlley'' and ''Rex Morgan M.D.'', and strips that fall in between, like ''ComicStrip/LittleOrphanAnnie''.

Compared to other media, newspaper comics can have incredibly [[LongRunners long tenures]]. New ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' strips appeared daily for over 49 years. ''ComicStrip/{{Doonesbury}}'' has been running for over 45 years and ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' has been coming out for almost 40 years. Neither show any signs of stopping. Even more impressively, ''ComicStrip/{{Blondie}}'' has run for well over 80 years, ''ComicStrip/GasolineAlley'' has run almost 100 years, and most impressively of all ''ComicStrip/TheKatzenjammerKids'' ran for 109 years (from 1897 to 2006)! A 10-year run is considered tremendous for a television show, but when ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'', ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' and ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'' each ended production after a decade, it seemed far too soon.

On the flip side, one of the reasons why {{Webcomics}} are 5-10 years ahead of Web-based indie music distribution (and 15-20 years ahead of non-corporate Web movies) is that "making it big" in sequential art has been traditionally defined as "being able to support a middle-class lifestyle without a day job". Only about 10 people in the whole 20th century got seriously stinking rich drawing NewspaperComics, and of those only two or three achieved actual ''stardom'' (with Charles Schulz, Jim Davis and Al Capp being the most obvious examples).

The downside is that many newspaper comics have a reputation for [[JumpTheShark not being funny anymore]] and the LongRunners often derisively described as "zombie strips". This is because, as far as a newspaper is concerned, comic strips are just advertising: they're there to lure in readers and make them more willing to fork over some subscription money. They're {{Fanservice}}, basically. And the last thing you want to do with fanservice is serve up something that doesn't actually please the fans. As such, DarkerAndEdgier humor, political- and/or current-events-based humor must be handled carefully, lest they cost the newspaper (or the ''artist''!) more subscriptions than they gain, especially considering than in the English-speaking world newspapers are forbidden by stylebook from printing anything more "offensive" than "hell" (displaying it as "son of a (expletive)"). Even worse, newspaper strips are written anywhere from six weeks to ten ''months'' in advance of print date, which doesn't help topical humor. As a result of smaller paper sizes, newspapers have also been cutting down on the amount of space that comic strip artists are given in which to practice their visual, art-based medium, resulting in {{Bowdlerized}} art and abbreviated storytelling.[[note]]As Bill Watterson of ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' fame [[ said]] of the space restrictions way back in 1989: "A beautiful strip like ComicStrip/{{Pogo}} would be impossible to read at today's sizes." Of course it only got worse, and ultimately this was one of the factors that led to Watterson's decision to stop doing the strip. Along with a lot of the other stuff mentioned here.[[/note]]. Compare and contrast the InfiniteCanvas and complete lack of censorship offered by WebComics as a medium. And the newspaper itself has become a victim of the Information Age; not only can consumers get the news online, they can get ''comics'' online too. So newspapers have to play it safe, and they do so by angling for broad, non-offensive humor with a wide appeal, often by recycling tired jokes and premises that sitcoms put to pasture years ago, though ValuesDissonance is slowly getting them [[DeaderThanDisco down the flush]].

Successful newspaper comics usually find their way into [[AnimatedShows other]] [[ComicBooks media]], but are most fondly remembered as simple pen-and-ink drawings on cheap newsprint.

Sometimes you'll hear the term [[UndergroundComics "Underground Comix"]]; in the USA, at least, this term refers to pen-and-ink comics not distributed by a syndicate and normally published in "alternative" papers, 'zines, etc. {{Webcomics}} and the consolidation of the [[InNameOnly supposedly "Alternative"]] newsweekly industry have put a dint in their circulation, but ''ComicBook/{{Cerebus}}'' and ''Webcomic/AmericanElf'' among others started out this way, and the latter still appears in alternative weeklies, or at least the one in the author's hometown.

Also, these have a very high chance of BreakingTheFourthWall, but ''only'' when they do a very common "[[AsideGlance look at the reader at some other person's comedy or comedy failure]]".

The medium has also inspired many works that critcize it, including ''Blog/TheComicsCurmudgeon'' and ''WebVideo/ThePunchline''.

!!Newspaper Syndicates:
* Bell Syndicate
* Creators Syndicate
* Field Syndicate
* Creator/KingFeaturesSyndicate
* [=MacNaught=] Syndicate
* Creator/TribuneMediaServices
* Creator/UnitedFeatureSyndicate
* Universal Uclick
* Washington Post Writers Group

* Daily Strip (or Panel): A small piece published between Monday and Saturday, often in black-and-white.
* SundayStrip: A larger version (often in color) published on Sundays hence their name. Known as "weekend comics" in Canada as the are traditionally published on Saturday.
** TopperStrip: A now disappeared variation, consisting in a smaller feature accompanying the main comic, often by the same artist.

!!Newspaper Comics that have wiki pages:
+ BornInTheFunnyPapers \\
- tropes inspired by newspaper comics
+ MilitaryAndWarfareComics

* ComicStrip/NineChickweedLane
* ComicStrip/AdamAtHome
* ComicStrip/TheAdventuresOfJeremiah
* ComicStrip/{{Agnes}}
* ComicStrip/{{Alex}}
* ComicStrip/AlleyOop
* ComicStrip/AndyCapp
* ComicStrip/AngusOg
* ComicStrip/ApartmentThreeG
* ComicStrip/{{Arnold}}
* ComicStrip/BabyBlues
* ComicStrip/{{Baldo}}
* ComicStrip/{{Barnaby}}
* ComicStrip/BarneyAndClyde
* ComicStrip/{{BC}}
* ComicStrip/BeauPeep
* ComicStrip/BeetleBailey
* ComicStrip/BetweenFriends
* ComicStrip/BetweenTheLines
* ComicStrip/BigNate
* ComicStrip/{{Bizarro}}
* ComicStrip/{{Blondie}}
* ComicStrip/BloomCounty
* ComicStrip/TheBoondocks
* ComicStrip/BrewsterRockitSpaceGuy
* ComicStrip/BringingUpFather
* ComicStrip/TheBroons
* ComicStrip/{{Buckles}}
* ComicStrip/BuckRogers
* ComicStrip/BusStop
* ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes
* ComicStrip/{{Candorville}}
* ComicStrip/CarlGiles
* ComicStrip/{{Cathy}}
* ComicStrip/ChelseaBoys
* ComicStrip/{{Crankshaft}}
* ComicStrip/CulDeSac
* ComicStrip/{{Curtis}}
* ComicStrip/{{Deflocked}}
* ComicStrip/DennisTheMenaceUS
* ComicStrip/DickTracy
* ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}
* ComicStrip/DogsOfCKennel
* ComicStrip/{{Doonesbury}}
* ComicStrip/DreamOfTheRarebitFiend
* ComicStrip/{{Dustin}}
* ComicStrip/DykesToWatchOutFor
* ComicStrip/{{Elvis}}
* ComicStrip/TheFamilyCircus
* ComicStrip/TheFamilyUpstairs
* ComicStrip/TheFarSide
* ComicStrip/FlashGordon
* ComicStrip/{{Fleep}}
* ComicStrip/FootrotFlats
* ComicStrip/ForBetterOrForWorse
* ComicStrip/TheFosdykeSaga
* ComicStrip/FoxTrot
* ComicStrip/FrankAndErnest
* ComicStrip/{{Frazz}}
* ComicStrip/FrumpyTheClown
* ComicStrip/FunkyWinkerbean
* ComicStrip/GallosHumor
* ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}
* ComicStrip/GasolineAlley
* ComicStrip/GetFuzzy
* ComicStrip/{{Gil}}
* ComicStrip/HagarTheHorrible
* ComicStrip/HeartOfTheCity
* ComicStrip/{{Heathcliff}}
* ComicStrip/HiAndLois
* ComicStrip/IceScream
* ComicStrip/{{If}}
* ComicStrip/InkPen
* ComicStrip/JudgeParker
* ComicStrip/JumpStart
* ComicStrip/JungleJim
* ComicStrip/TheKatzenjammerKids
* ComicStrip/TheKChronicles
* ComicBook/DeKiekeboes
* ComicStrip/KingOfTheRoyalMounted
* ComicStrip/KrazyKat
* Webcomic/{{Kurami}} (originally a webcomic, now runs in author's local paper)
* ComicStrip/{{Kudzu}}
* ComicStrip/LibertyMeadows
* ComicStrip/LifeInHell
* ComicStrip/LilAbner
* ComicStrip/{{Lio}}
* ComicStrip/LittleLulu
* ComicStrip/LittleNemo
* ComicStrip/LittleOrphanAnnie
* ComicStrip/TheLockhorns
* ComicStrip/LoveIs
* ComicStrip/{{Luann}}
* ComicStrip/{{Mafalda}} (see also ComicStrip/{{Quino}})
* ComicStrip/MallardFillmore
* ComicStrip/MandrakeTheMagician
* ComicStrip/MarkTrail
* ComicStrip/{{Marmaduke}}
* ComicStrip/{{Marvin}}
* ComicStrip/MaryWorth
* ComicStrip/MinimumSecurity
* ComicStrip/ModestyBlaise
* ComicStrip/MotherGooseAndGrimm
* ComicStrip/MuttAndJeff
* ComicStrip/{{Mutts}}
* ComicStrip/MyCage
* ComicStrip/{{Nero}}
* ComicStrip/{{Nemi}}
* ComicStrip/NonSequitur
* ''ComicStrip/NorthernOverexposure''
* ComicStrip/{{Nuts}}
* ComicStrip/OffTheMark
* ComicStrip/OneBigHappy
* ComicStrip/OnTheFastrack
* ComicStrip/TheOptimist
* ComicStrip/TheOutburstsOfEverettTrue
* ComicStrip/OverTheHedge
* ComicStrip/{{Palomita}}
* ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}
* ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine
* ComicStrip/ThePerishers
* ComicStrip/ThePerryBibleFellowship
* ComicStrip/ThePertwillabyPapers
* ComicStrip/ThePhantom
* ComicStrip/PhoebeAndHerUnicorn (originally a webcomic, syndicated in 2015)
* ComicStrip/PiranhaClub
* ComicStrip/{{Pluggers}}
* ComicStrip/{{Pogo}}
* ComicStrip/{{Pondus}}
* ComicStrip/PoochCafe
* ComicStrip/{{Popeye}}
* ComicStrip/PreTeena
* ComicStrip/PricklyCity
* ComicStrip/PrinceValiant
* ComicStrip/{{Psychobevo}}
* ComicStrip/PugadBaboy
* ComicStrip/PVTMurphysLaw
* ComicStrip/{{Quino}}
* ComicStrip/RasmusKlump
* Webcomic/RestauranteMacoatl started as one, and still continues to be printed every friday.
* ComicStrip/{{Retail}}
* ComicStrip/RexMorganMD
* ComicStrip/RickOShay
* Webcomic/RipHaywire (Webcomic parody of a newspaper comic strip.)
* ComicStrip/RipKirby
* ComicStrip/RobotmanAndMonty
* ComicStrip/RoseIsRose
* ComicStrip/RupertBear
* ComicStrip/SafeHavens
* [[ComicStrip/SallyForthHoward Sally Forth]] (the contemporary strip by Greg Howard)
* [[ComicStrip/SallyForthWood Sally Forth]] (the military strip by Wally Wood)
* ComicStrip/SamsStrip
* ComicStrip/{{Scamp}}
* ComicStrip/ShermansLagoon
* ComicStrip/{{Shoe}}
* ComicStrip/SlylockFox
* ComicStrip/SnuffySmith
* ComicStrip/SouthernFriedFugitives (actually appeared in ''Nickelodeon Magazine'')
* ComicStrip/{{Sovisa}}
* ComicStrip/SpiderMan
* ComicStrip/SpyVsSpy
* ComicStrip/StarFox (published in ''Magazine/NintendoPower'')
* ComicStrip/SteveCanyon
* ComicStrip/StoneSoup
* ComicStrip/{{Striker}}
* ComicStrip/{{Strizz}}
* ComicStrip/TerryAndThePirates
* ComicStrip/ThisModernWorld
* ComicStrip/TomTheDancingBug
* ComicStrip/TootsAndCasper
* ComicStrip/TwistedToyfareTheatre
* ComicStrip/USAcres
* ComicStrip/VaterUndSohn
* ComicStrip/WhatsNewWithPhilAndDixie
* ComicStrip/WhatTheDuck
* ComicStrip/TheWizardOfId
* ComicStrip/TheWorldOfLilyWong
* Webcomic/TheWorldIsFlat
* ComicStrip/TheYellowKid (the first one created)
* ComicStrip/{{Yenny}}
* ComicStrip/{{Ziggy}}
* ComicStrip/ZippyThePinhead
* ComicStrip/{{Zits}}