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Was Matt Groening’s Homer Simpson inspired by a mid-1900’s Swedish cartoon?

Oct 22, 2012 By Abraham

Here’s Homer Simpson (as if you need to be reminded)…

And here’s a clip from a 1949 Icelandic magazine featuring a cartoon character named Adamson, created by Swedish cartoonist Oscar Jacobsson


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Jacobsson started writing Adamson comic strips in 1920 and continued until his death in 1945. The strip was continued by the Danish cartoonist Viggo Ludvigsen until 1964.

Here are a few more pics of Adamson (who was known as Silent Sam in America)…

(via Retronaut, Lemurinn, Weird Space)


  1. Cosmo says:

    Goes to show – Nothing is new under the sun…

    IF the Jacobsson was alive today, Groening might have a lawsuit on his hands.

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