Rejoice! 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.
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)