Doré´s Works for “Journal pour Rire” (1847-51) – I

In 1847, the pioneering publisher Charles Philipon launched a new graphic periodical. The success of his “Journal pour Rire”, which can be regarded as the world´s first Comic magazine, was based not least on the graphical inventiveness of the sixteen-year-old exceptional talent Gustave Doré. In the large folio pages “Doré proved himself master of three major domains of caricature: the single cartoon, the series of group of drawings on a theme, and the narrative album (graphic novel). All three overflowed and often intermingled in the Journal pour Rire” (David Kunzle, Gustave Doré: Twelve Comic Strips, 2015)

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