Born: 1857 January 2 in Madison, Ohio, United States
Died: 1937 August 28 in New Rochelle, New York, United States
Biography: Opper dropped out of school at the age of 14. He apprenticed with a printer in his hometown. He moved to New York City at age 16 and worked in retail and attended one term at the Cooper Union. His first published cartoon was in the weekly humor magazine "Wild Oates" in 1876. He married Nellie Barnett in 1881. He created and worked on many strips including "Her Name Was Maud" and "Happy Hooligan", and the characters Alphonse and Gaston. He retired from cartooning due to failing eyesight.
Publication Title: Comic Post Card / Magic Post Card
(other) - Role: employee
- Year: 1906
Employer Name : American Journal-Examiner
Notes: Series of Comic Post Cards and Magic Post Cards featuring Happy Hooligan, and Alphonse and Gaston. American Journal-Examiner was a Hearst newspaper in New York City. Additional source: American Philatelist, January 2015, "Alphonse and Gaston on a Private Lettercard from 1906", pp. 58-60.