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Dirks left anyway, but he did'nt go to Europe. He instead went to Hearst's rival the World, leading to yet another court battle between the two publishers and in 1914 a landmark decision wheras Hearst was allowed to publish the strip uder it's original title illustrated by Harol Knerr, while Dirks drew the strip under the name "the Captain and the Kids" for the World.
He would draw the strip until 1958, after which having drawn the strip for 61 years he handed it over to his son John Dirks.
Dirks is recognized as the most important of the founding comic artists due to his use of a panelized continuity and in-panel dialogue. He died in New York on April 20, 1968.