Tomi Ungerer on The Three Robbers

“I found one of those old German printing sheets called Münchener Bilderbogen – they were the equivalent of a comic strip in the 1890s. There was a story in there with a picture of three robbers. They inspired my story, which developed as I started drawing. So I must say that originally those three robbers were not my idea. Original ideas can always be traced back to something. We are all influenced by something, and then we translate it and transpose it into something else.”

— Tomi Ungerer on his inspiration for The Three Robbers