Small was originally a carpenter and his first earnings from writing came from Fox’s Police Gazette. In July 1868 Hunter & Co. published Bummer Boy, a “Spoony” Burlesque by “That Brick.” Small was known under the pseudonym “Bricktop” and his books were the foundation of the publishing house of Collins & Small.
In February 1875 Small and his partner John A. (or alternately John B.) Collins, of 59 Beekman Street, were arrested and charged by Anthony Comstock with “publishing or causing to be published a certain obscene newspaper,” Wild Oats. They were released on posting $500 bail.
Small was founder and editor of the comic paper Wild Oats, which employed an illustrious group of cartoonists including J. A. Wales, Frederick Burr Opper, Thomas Worth, and Livingston Hopkins. Small held a half-interest in Wild Oats and reportedly earned over $15,000 per annum from the comic paper.
|Bricktop and Hopkins photo|
Courtesy Daniel McKeown
from Lone Hand magazine (Australia)
Small wrote for George Munro’s Fireside Companion and Munro’s Ten Cent Novels. For the rival brother Norman Munro he contributed to New Sensation and Our Boys. George G. Small and Frank Tousey entered into a publishing partnership when they took over Norman Munro’s Boys of New York in 1878.
He was the original “Peter Pad” and “Tom Teaser,” creator of The Shortys, Tommy Bounce and Tommy Bounce, Jr. For his adventure and detective stories he used George G. Small, “Capt. George Granville”, and “A U.S. Detective.”
*Thanks to Joe Rainone