En Resa Jorden Runt
Oskar Andersson, who signed with his well-known signature OA, is one of the most prominent and influential early Swedish comic artists. He was born as Oskar Emil Andersson in Kungsholmen, not far from Stockholm. After finishing school, he was sent out to work for the Royal mint, just like his father. At the age of twenty, he sold some of his cartoons to Söndags-Nisse magazine, where he was soon employed. He started using the pseudonym O.A. The first comic he made was called 'Broderne Napoleon ach Bartholomeus Lunds fran Gronkoping resa jorden runt' ('The world trip of Napoleon and Bartholomeus Lunds from Gronkoping', 1898).
In 1900 Andersson created his most famous comic strip, 'Urhunden'. This comic featured a man who owns a dinosaur for a pet and calls the animal an "ancient dog". The reptile often causes mayhem for which it is punished afterwards. The series was popular enough to inspire both a magazine, Urhunden (1973-1976) and the establishment of the Urhunden Prize in 1987, an annual comics award.
Between 1902 and 1906, inspired by American comics, he created the pantomime comic 'Mannen Som Gör Vad Som Faller Honom In' ('The Man Who Does Whatever Comes To His Mind'). In this comic strip, the protagonist does things everything wants to do, but no one dares. In 1906, his life tragically ended in suicide.