An Early Comic Strip...
Yes, predating The Yellow Kid by about 400 years!
The duchy of Gelria (Gelre), in what is now part of the Dutch province of Gelderland, saw the return of the young Duke Charles (Karel) from captivity in Burgundian France in 1492. Bernard, Count Van Meurs remained hostage in stead of his uncle Charles in Péronne, France, so Charles could settle his ransom. It is Van Meurs who in this document of 1493 complains that Charles has not kept his promises...
[Though I found the above image in a book, you can see a wonderful reproduction of it here on the website of the Zutphen Archives!]
I would venture to guess it would read something like this:
1) "Oh, King of Burgundy, I, Count Van Meurs will take Duke
Charles' place while he fetches your ransom in Gelria.
2) "Thanks, Van Meurs, I will get you out of here pronto!"
3) "I'm out! That dumb Van Meurs can rot for all I care...!"
It may not seem to be animation related, but in my opinion it is a direct ancestor to our storyboards: it shows that this way of telling a story is very basic (at least in Northern European culture)...
(On a personal note I can tell that 1493 is three years after the earliest date in my own family tree--the church books before that date have reportedly burned.)