George Herriman (August 22, 1880 to April 25, 1944) drew the famous Krazy Kat cartoons. According to a recent commentary:
Krazy Kat has been described as a parable of love, a metaphor for democracy, a “surrealistic” poem, unfolding over years and years. It is all of these, but so much more: it is a portrait of America, a self-portrait of Herriman, and, I believe, the first attempt to paint the full range of human consciousness in the language of the comic strip.
There have been no successors.