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America's Earliest Known Comic Gets Scooped

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Wasn't it you who sold a European (German?) copy on eBay a year or so ago?

Shortly after, a US original was listed. I was thinking about bidding, but it looked really cheap and unattractive compared to its predecessor: the art was designed for a horizontal page layout with one panel per page instead of the two in the vertical US book. If you look at them side by side, there is just no comparison as to which is nicer. I would seriously question whether this really deserves the title as the key _American_ book from the Victorian era??





Here's a link to the 1839 French(!) version that I was talking about:




The main site is also pretty amazing:




Check out this German (comic?) book from 1783, for example:




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One complete copy sold about last year on eBay for around $3,500. If I remember correctly it was an 1842 edition as seen on pg.246 of the Victorian Section of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide.

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