Wilhelm Busch (April 15, 1832 (Wiedensahl near Hannover) - January 9, 1908 (Mechtshausen) was a German painter and poet who is known for his satirical picture stories.
After studying first mechanical engineering and then art in Düsseldorf, Antwerpen and Munich he turned to drawing caricatures.
One of his first picture stories, Max and Moritz (published in 1865), was a huge success. Max and Moritz as well as many of his other picture stories are regarded as one of the main precursors of the modern comic strip, and are said to have been the inspiration for the Katzenjammer Kids.
Wilhelm Busch also wrote a number of poems in a similar style to his picture stories. Besides that he produced more than 1,000 oil paintings that weren't sold before his death in 1908.
(with the year of publication)
1865 Max and Moritz
1866 Schnaken und Schnurren
1867 Hans Huckebein der Unglücksrabe
1868 Schnaken und Schnurren, part II
1869 Schnurrdiburr oder die Bienen Braun
1870 Der heilige Antonius von Padua
1872 Schnaken und Schnurren, part III
1872 Die fromme Helene
1872 Bilder zur Jobsiade
1872 Pater Filuzius
1873 Der Geburtstag oder die Partikularisten
1874 Kritik des Herzens
1875 Abenteuer eines Junggesellen
1876 Herr und Frau Knopp
1878 Die Haarbeutel
1879 Fipps der Affe
1881 Stippstörchen für Äuglein und Öhrchen
1881 Der Fuchs. Die Drachen. - Zwei lustige Sachen
1882 Plisch und Plum
1883 Balduin Bählamm, der verhinderte Dichter
1884 Maler Klecksel
1891 Eduards Traum
1893 Von mir über mich (autobiography)
1895 Der Schmetterling
1904 Zu guter Letzt
1909 Schein und Sein
1910 Ut ôler Welt (legends)