Friday, August 05, 2022

Today in Comics History, August 5: Happy birthday, Ambroise Thomas!

Happy birthday, Ambroise Thomas, born on this day in 1811, composer of the opera Mignon (all about steak) and Hamlet (all about ham). He was the first of today's popular "Meat Opera" composers and for that is rightfully hailed as "Father of Beef."

"Mignon" from Classics Illustrated #89 (Gilberton, November 1951), creators uncredited unknown

There! Now you know the story of the opera Mignon, and knowing is half the battle, if the battle is knowing the meat-titled opera of Ambroise Thomas. Next week: Hamlet, a little pig you just can't keep down on the farm.

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