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.

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    Frederick Burr Opper Type: Name at Birth
    Given name: Frederick Burr Family name: Opper

Other Names:

  1. Frederick B. Opper Type: None
    Given name: Frederick B. Family name: Opper
  2. F. Opper Type: Common Alternative Name
    Given name: F. Family name: Opper


  1. F. Opper [generic]

Art Influences:

Influences by Frederick Burr Opper (b. 1857) were stated by:
  1. Lank Leonard (b. 1896)

Non Comics Works:

  1. 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.