The Lichtenstein Post has issued a set of stamps created by the Swiss graphic artist, painter, cartoonist and writer Oskar Weiss. The stamps illustrate literary figures which have appealed primarily to young readers and which owe some of their celebrity to splendid and high-budget film versions.
The North German prankster "Till Eulenspiegel" appeared anonymously as early as 1510/1512. Nowadays he is familiar principally in Erich Kastner's rendition.
The figure of the fantasist "Baron Munchhausen" goes back to Hieronymus Carl Friedrich Baron von Munchhausen (1720-1797), who was well-known as a humorous story-teller.
"Robin Hood" is a 13th century English folk hero whose fight with the Sheriff of Nottingham has provided material for countless children's books.
Two other figures from the Anglo-Saxon world are the master detective "Sherlock Holmes" (1887 onwards) created by the Scottish author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the castaway "Robinson Crusoe" (1719) created by the Londoner Daniel Dafoe.
"Hamlet" (1603), the tragic hero of the eponymous tragedy by William Shakespeare, is one of the theatre world's most famous roles. The Spaniard Miguel de Cervantes gave us "Don Quixote" (1605/1615), the Knight of the Woeful Countenance, while "Quasimodo" was the tragic hero of the novel "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (1831) by the French writer Victor Hugo.