• Born date: 1799-01-31
  • Born in: Helvetic Republic
  • Death date: 1846-06-08
  • Death in: Switzerland
Rodolphe Töpffer

Rodolphe Töpffer (31 January 1799 – 8 June 1846) was a Swiss teacher, author, painter, cartoonist, and caricaturist. He is best known for his illustrated books, which can be seen as the earliest European comics.Paris-educated, Töpffer worked as a schoolteacher and ran a boarding school, where he entertained students with his caricatures. In 1837, he publishedHistoire de M. Vieux Bois (published in the United States in 1842 as The Adventures of Obadiah Oldbuck).