Comic Art Collection - Comic Strips

The centerpiece of the comic strip collection is a collection of over two million proof sheets deposited here by the King Features Syndicate in 2008. We also have a set of 534 hand-made scrapbooks containing over 300,000 carefully organized daily comic strips, dating from about 1940 to about 1980. A separate collection of over 200,000 daily comic strips, called the "Blank" in the Comics collection, is clipped and sorted by topic. This is the largest number of topically organized comic strips in any university collection.

Almost every known book collection of reprinted American comic strips is included in the collection. Other collections of comic strips, numbering at least one million strips, are still being sorted. In total, 2,500,000 strips can currently be consulted efficiently.The Ohio State University Library collection, since 1998, includes the bulk of the newspaper strip collection of The San Francisco Academy of Comic Art, of at least 4 million strips, and is the world's leading newspaper comic collection.

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Last updated: March 17, 2010
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