More than four decades before Gene Autry introduced Frosty to the world, Frappe the snowman became animated in this rare and short-lived Sunday comic strip. The Strange Adventures of Frappe, the Snowman, and His Papa ran from December 4, 1904, to April 9, 1905 in the McClure Sunday section. The comic strip was unsigned, so the cartoonist remains unknown.
The little boy in the strip is Frappe's "Papa," since he created the snowman. I'm not sure whether Frappe actually came to like (like Frosty) or whether he is a figment of the little boy's imagination (as in Calvin and Hobbes).
Enjoy this brief sampler of an early and obsure comic strip.