Early Cartoonists: Wilhelm Busch’s “The Virtuoso” & “New Years Eve” 1865

This remarkable early comic includes several visual gags you will recognize from much later cartoons… Virgil Partch’s multiple fingers, the Warner Bros smear between poses, Rod Scribner’s giant eyeball take from “Book Revue”, etc.

Wilhelm Busch The Virtuoso
Silentium

Wilhelm Busch The Virtuoso
Introduzione

Wilhelm Busch The Virtuoso
Scherzo

Wilhelm Busch The Virtuoso
Adagio

Wilhelm Busch The Virtuoso
Adagio con Sentimento

Wilhelm Busch The Virtuoso
Piano

Wilhelm Busch The Virtuoso
Smorzando

Wilhelm Busch The Virtuoso
Maestoso

Wilhelm Busch The Virtuoso
Capriccioso

Wilhelm Busch The Virtuoso
Passagio Chromatico

Wilhelm Busch The Virtuoso
Fuga des Diavolo

Wilhelm Busch The Virtuoso
Forte Vivace

Wilhelm Busch The Virtuoso
Fortissimo Vivacissimo

Wilhelm Busch The Virtuoso
Finale Furioso

Wilhelm Busch The Virtuoso
Bravo Bravissimo

RETURNING HOME LATE AFTER NEW YEARS’ EVE

Wilhelm Busch New Year's Eve
Wilhelm Busch New Year's Eve
Wilhelm Busch New Year's Eve
Wilhelm Busch New Year's Eve

From Andy’s Early Comics Archive

4 Responses to “Early Cartoonists: Wilhelm Busch’s “The Virtuoso” & “New Years Eve” 1865”

  1. Uddip Talukdar says:

    this is just OMG!! one of the heights of visual communication.

  2. Mckay Boxberger says:

    Awesome! Being in music makes me get these jokes even more!

  3. […] was the first comic artist to use motion lines to show rapid movements, such as his eye-popping piano virtuoso playing […]

  4. Tom Webber says:

    Here is a hilarious German-made video that incorporates Busch’s “Virtuoso” cartoon with actors playing out the scene. Trust me, it is well done and much better than it sounds! Enjoy!

    Check out the video on YouTube:

    http://youtu.be/qZh-_XtBr4A

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