Comic Art Collection
The Comic Art Collection holds over 300,000 items. Most of these items are American comic books, but also included are over 1,000 books of collected newspaper comic strips, over 50,000 international comic books, and several thousand books and periodicals about comics. The international comics are especially strong in the areas of European, Latin American, and Asian comics.
The collection contains comics published as early as the 1840s up to the present day. Although some archival materials are held, the focus of the collection is on published work in an effort to present a complete picture of what the American comics readership has seen, especially since the middle of the 20th century.
A collection of this size and scope would not be possible without donations from our generous supporters over the years. Though we do purchase some comics, the majority of our collection was acquired through gift-in-kind donations.
Special Collections is home to the largest and most comprehensive collection of comic books in the world, but our work doesn’t end with collecting. We are also committed to maintaining organization of this massive collection and preserving it for many years to come so that is remains accessible for research. The comics are searchable through the library’s online catalog, and they are stored in an environmentally-controlled location in state-of-the-art mylar sleeves for protection.
Everyone is welcome to visit the Special Collections Reading Room to research and enjoy the comics during open hours.
The Comic Art Collection Homepage - Learn about our collection of foreign and domestic comics. Includes an index of the collection.