This is taken from part of a comic (Little Nemo in Slumberland) by Winsor McCay. The comic strips were very popular and were featured weekly in the New York Herald in the early 1900's.
Little Nemo in Slumberland is a big favourite of mine. McCays characters are so charming and the colour pallete he uses is eye catching to me because they're not really used in any other work in this day in age. The stories in the comics are so unusual and really do seem dream-like. They're not particularly nice stories-they were often quite violent, threatening, dark and surreal. I think that's why I like it so much. I like odd things that are quirky, dark and surreal, so Little Nemo in Slumberland does it for me.
It's easy to tell what's going on in the comics without the need of the words there. It's all sequential and very easy to follow. The fact that most of the images are closely sequential (almost like a stop motion animation) make it more interesting to me for some reason. The image above is a good example of this technique.