Early Comic Book

The Adventures of Mr. Tom Plump.  New York: Philip J. Cozans, ca. 1855-1861. 
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This early comic book sports three rows of vividly hand-colored pictures with captions, chronicling the adventures of Tom Plump who heads west to dig for gold during the California Gold Rush in 1849.  After losing a great deal of weight pursuing his fortune, he returns East only to fatten up as a result of “good living.” 

Adopted by Russell Martin

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