Max and Maurice (1871) comic books 1898
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"Max and Maurice: a Juvenile History in Seven Tricks" by Wilhelm Busch. Little, Brown, and Company, Boston. 1898, 1899 reprint (5 3/4" x 8 1/8", 72 pgs, hardcover, black ink on orange paper). OVERSTREET HISTORICAL NOTES: "Seminal inspiration for William Randolph Hearst to acquire as a "new comic" (following the wild success of Outcault's Yellow Kid) to license M&M from Busch and hire Rudolph Dirks in late 1897 to create a New York American newspaper incarnation. In Hearst's English language newspapers it was called The Katzenjammer Kids and in his German language NYC newspaper it was titled Max and Moritz, Busch's original title...Translated from the 1865 Germain original."