Comic strips and books of the 1800s--the ones I've seen, at least--tend to be quite light on story and heavy on gags, improbable situations, and extreme caricature. By contrast, The Little Corporal's picture stories, with their realistic situations, mild slapstick, and matter-of-fact texts, strike me as a big step in the direction of the sort of comic stories I grew up reading. And the artwork is an absolute joy.
Note the deviation from the shadow-play approach on the sixth picture story down, "Playing Truant." Maybe the artist had intended to render the characters in silhouette but didn't have time? And apologies for the absence of a translation to the last story--I don't have the Jan., 1874 issue containing same. Enjoy these marvelous comics-coming-into-shape relics: