John Mclenan (1861)

Depiction of President-elect Lincoln, sneaking into Washington. From the back cover page of volume 5, issue 219, of Harper's Weekly (March 9, 1861). The artist is John McLenan.  Finally, probably the least/most arguable one in the set (depending on your angle), due to the heavy text beneath the panels, in addition to teh word balloons inside. But, in THIS case, I'd argue that it is the text beneath which is extraneous -- mere quotings from news reports -- while the word balloons inside are enough to convey the story by themselves.
Doug Wheeler

(from the collection of Doug Wheeler)