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Buster Brown, Mary Jane, and Tige

Richard Felton Outcault’s Buster Brown, Mary Jane, and Tige was published in 1906 by New York: Frederick A. Strokes. Published in the Era of Invention, this particular comic book follows Buster Brown and his comrades on various adventures of the early 1900’s. Outcault first published the Buster Brown series in 1906 and continued to create new strips up until 1921. Buster Brown, Mary Jane and Tige is a 32-page comic book with color illustrations.

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Foxy Grandpa Flip Flaps

This comic follows the adventures of a conniving grandfather as he outwits his grandsons in a series of silly scenarios. Published by Donohue in Chicago in 1905.

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The Fadder undt Ma-Malade Family

This comic consists of 11 half-sheets from a Sunday newspaper, signed Otis F. Wood. On verso, in monochrome, are 12 unsigned episodes of Mr. Scrapple of Philadelphia, and one of Mr. O.U. Absentmind.

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Neues Einmaleins

A German comic that helps readers learn the multiplication tables. Text by Ferdinand Feldigl, images by Lothar Meggendorfer.

Published by Schreiber in Eßlingen near Stuttgart in 1800 and 1899. 

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Buster Brown's Pranks was published in 1905, in New York City at Frederick A. Stores Publishing Company. The author, Richard F. Outcault, previously published in newspapers before creating a comic book. He is also famous for creating the Yellow Kid. This specific book follows Buster Brown and Teige through their life adventures in New York City in the early 1900, in an upper middle class family. Throughout the comics Buster is seen playing various pranks on people around him, and facing the consequences. There are 30 pages of colorized comics within this book.

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