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Frederick Opper Happy Hooligan Sunday 07.06.1908 by Frederick Opper - Comic Strip
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Frederick Opper Happy Hooligan Sunday 07.06.1908

Comic Strip
1908
Mixed Media
66 x 52 cm (25.98 x 20.47 in.)
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Wonderful early Happy Hooligan Sunday by one of the pioneers of comics, Frederick B. Opper. Characters from some of Opper's other comic strips appear on this Sunday, namely Alphonse and Gaston, and Maud the Mule. Titled "Happy Hooligan at the court of King Ibbity-Bib", the running plot had the cast held captive for several weeks. Created in ink over graphite on Bristol board with an image area of 20.5" x 25.75". The strip is partially watercolored as was the process at the time. First published June 7th 1908...over 110 years old!!!

About Frederick Opper

Frederick Burr Opper is regarded as one of the pioneers of American newspaper comic strips, best known for his comic strip Happy Hooligan. His comic characters were featured in magazine gag cartoons, covers, political cartoons and comic strips for six decades. Born to Austrian-American immigrants Lewis and Aurelia Burr Oppers in Madison, Ohio, Frederick was the eldest of three children. At the age of 14, he dropped out of public school to work as a printer's apprentice at the local Madison Gazette, and at 16, he moved to New York City where he worked in a store and continued to draw. He studied briefly at Cooper Union, followed by a short stint as pupil and assistant to illustrator Frank Beard. Opper's first cartoon was published in Wild Oats in 1876, followed by cartoons and illustrations in Scribner’s Monthly and St. Nicholas Magazine. He worked as illustrator at Frank Leslie's Weekly from 1877 to 1880. Opper was then hired to draw for Puck by publishers Joseph Keppler and Adolph Schwarzmann. He stayed with Puck for 18 years, drawing everything from spot illustrations to chromolithograph covers

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