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Comic Books and Graphic Resources at The New York Public Library: Collection Highlights

Collection Highlights

  • The Adventures of Mr. Obadiah Oldbuck. Brother Jonathan Extra. September 14, 1842. New York: Wilson & Co., 1842-1843. Considered to be the first comic book published in America, The Adventures of Mr. Obadiah Oldbuck was created by the Swiss caricaturist Rodolphe Töpffer in 1827. It was published in America within a supplement of the New York newspaper, Brother Jonathan.




  • The General Research Division holds numerous color microfiche reproductions of comic books. Emphasis has been placed on acquiring reprints in both microform and print formats, due to the complexity of obtaining original comic books. For further information, please contact the division at: