The Weatherbird debuted on Feb. 11, 1901, and continues to grace the front page of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Here are some of the Weatherbird drawings from his first year on the front page. At that time, Harry Martin drew the bird (another artist picked up the duty when he left the paper in 1903). During that first year, the bird commented on the weather more than the news of the day. He (and she) appeared in various costumes, and even went duck hunting (an odd pastime for a bird.)

Dan Martin is the current Weatherbird artist; he celebrated 30 years of sketching the cartoon in 2016.

— by Beth O'Malley, bomalley@post-dispatch.com