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A collection of Frederick Burr Opper's classic, off-the-wall newspaper comic strips.

From the dustjacket:

Frederick Burr Opper (1857-1937), born in Madison, Ohio to Austrian-American immigrants. At the age of nineteen, he sold his first cartoons in Wild Oats. Opper then worked his way up in many different magazines. In 1880, Opper was hired by the magazine 'Puck's publishers Joseph Keepler and Adolph Schwarzmann. At 'Puck', Opper mastered his craft to become one of its lead artists. In 1899, William Randolph Hearst offered Opper a chance to create comic strips at the 'New York Journal', a challenge he took. While there, he created many great comic strips: Alphonse and Gaston, Howsan Lott, And Her Name was Mudd just to name a few. His greatest creation, however, was Happy Hooligan, a hobo whose good intentions always land him in trouble. [...He was an] un-heroized vagrant who ends up very badly at the end of each strip, no matter ho much good he might mean. His perennial demise surely went on to inspire Wile E. Coyote or Mr. O, especially as his own cowardice and unworthness contributes to his hilarious woes. This second entry in 'Forever nuts' presents a collection of the better early full color Sundays.

This came from the collection of Steve Sherman, a writer,artist, puppet-maker, puppet-performer, and avid collector. Steve worked as Jack Kirby's assistant, at Filmation, and Sid and Marty Krofft, before forming his own company Puppet Studio in 1984 contributing to "Pee-Wee's Playhouse", "Men in Black 1 & 2", "Mighty Joe Young", "Muppets" and numerous other TV series and feature films.


Frederick Burr Opper

Condition & Attributes

Fine in Fine dustjacket


Frederick Burr

Publishing Information

New York
NBM Publishing

Physical Description

8.5 inches
11.25 inches
112 pages
pictorial cloth