Monday, April 30, 2012

The Adventures of Jeremiah Oldpot

‘ “A Bird in the Hand is worth two in the Bush!” or, The Adventures of Jeremiah Oldpot’ was serialized in Yankee Notions (1852-1875), beginning in the very first issue in January 1852, and ran for eight installments until No. 12, December 1852. The artist is unknown. 

The initials ‘V.P.’ can be seen under the first panel of the first cartoon of the series, ‘Mr. Oldpot reads in the Herald of the price of Tin in California,’ but these may have been the initials of the engraving woodpecker rather than the artist.

Mr. Oldpot, of course owes much to ‘The Adventures of Mr. Obadiah Oldbuck,’ often called “the first American comic book”, which was first issued as a 40-page issue of Brother Jonathan Extra, in New York, on September 14, 1842. This extra issue was a reworked English version of Swiss cartoonist Rodolphe Töpffer’s ‘Histoire de M. Vieux Bois’ (1839).

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