The Adventures of Obadiah Oldbuck

ocn259708589-001Rejoice! Thanks to the good people of the Dartmouth College Library, you can now read The Adventures of Obadiah Oldbuck by Rodolphe Töpffer, generally considered to be the very first modern comic, in its entirety.

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The book was published in the 1840s and pioneered the use of paneled images, and the combination of text and pictures to tell the story (instead of pictures merely illustrating the text, or the text merely functioning as bylines for the pictures).  Don’t take my word for it, that’s Scott McCloud speaking…

And it is still a romp of a read.

(Thanks to my pal Van Reid and the magnificent Open Culture for the pointer)

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1 Response to The Adventures of Obadiah Oldbuck

  1. Joe Evans says:

    I own a copy of the 1841 Tilt & Bogue edition. I think the estimate is that around 500 copies of the Tilt & Bogue edition were printed, it’s unclear how many exist.

    It’s important to keep the facts correct……the Tilt & Bogue and all American editions were NOT done by Topffer. It is a pirated version of Topffer’s book.

    While it is the first comic done in the english language it is not the first comic created by an american artist.

    Please check the Victorian Age comics section in the Overstreet Comic Buyers Guide for more complete information.

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