Yes, yes, I know there is another thread on exactly this subject, but this source book is different--starts earlier and moves faster. Since there have been plenty of complaints about the other list (though I am enjoying it), I thought another one wouldn't hurt, esp. as I'm learning a helluva lot about the history of the genre from both lists. 1. "The Adventures of Mr. Obadiah Oldbuck" (1837) by Rodolphe Topffer [image=http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/4/43/Vieuxbois1.jpg] Title in original language: Les Amours de Mr. Vieux Bois First published by: Self-published Creator: Swiss (1799-1846) Genre: Humour, Adventure Topffer was a francophone schoolmaster prevented from eye disease from becoming an artist. He developed pictorial tales in the 1820s and in 1827, he finished a long story of what would now be called a comic, relating the adventures of Mr. Vieux-Bois (Mr. Ham-Handed). "The strip resembled a chase movie, full of action & mishap. Whether or not he invented the comic, Topffer establishing cutting, montage, and timing techniques as never before." There was no copyright then, so it was pirated under the above name in England in 1841, and in the USA in 1842 as "Brother Jonathan Extra".