Frederick B. Opper

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Frederick Opper’s Willie and His Papa Political Cartoons.

Courtesy of the San Francisco Academy of Comic Art Collection, The Ohio State University Cartoon Research Library.

Frederick Opper was a well-known American newspaper cartoonist for more than sixty years.

Opper was born on January 2, 1857, in Madison, Ohio. He was the son of Austrian immigrants. At the age of fourteen, Opper began drawing cartoons for the Madison, Ohio, Gazette. In 1877, he accepted a position as staff artist with a magazine called Wild Oats. He spent several years at Wild Oats and also did freelance work with several other magazines and newspapers. Opper spent eighteen years working for Puck magazine, before becoming a cartoonist on the staff of the New York Evening Journal. He was one of the United States' leading cartoonists in the late 1800s and the early 1900s. He created of memorable cartoon characters including "Alphonse and Gaston," and "Maud, the Kicking Mule." "Happy Hooligan," was his best-known cartoon series. Opper continued to draw until 1932, when vision problems forced him to retire. He died on August 28, 1937.

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