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American Literary Studies

20th Century American Paperback Humor Collection

The Collection

Location: Department of Special Collections, Green Library

Call number: RBC PS648 .H84

Finding Guides: Each book has been individually catalogued with a basic call number and an attached specific volume number (e.g. PS648 .H84 v.373). They can be browsed in Socrates using subject "20th Century American Paperback Humor". The on-line collection level record lists the boxes and allows electronic paging of the items from SAL 3.

Research Access and Use: Materials in the Department of Special Collections are non-circulating and must be used in the Special Collections' Reading Room in the Cecil H. Green Library. The Reading Room is open 10:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday. Photocopies, photographs, and microfilm can be made of some materials in the collections. For more information about the collections and access policies, please contact Special Collections by telephone at (650) 725-1022, by electronic mail at or by regular mail at the Department of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94305-6004.


The collection contains 2500 individual paperback humor and joke books in a variety of subject areas. The collection includes:

Cartoon and cartoon strip reprint editions, including:

  • The Addams Family (Charles Addams)
  • Barnaby and Mr. O'Malley (Crockett Johnson)
  • B. C. (Johnny Hart)
  • Hazel (Ted Key)
  • Dennis the Menace (Haank Ketchum)
  • Doonesbury (Gary Trudeau)
  • Garfield (Jim Davis)
  • Li'l Abner (Al Capp)
  • Marmaduke (Brad Anderson)
  • Miss Peach (Mel Lazarus)
  • Peanuts (Charles Schultz)
  • Pogo (Walt Kelly)
  • There Ought to be a Law ( Harry Shorten)
  • They'll do it Every Time (Jimmy Hatlo)

Joke books, including:

  • Aardvarrk Jokes
  • The Complete Pun Book
  • Doggone Dog Joke Book
  • 101 pet jokes
  • 101 Wacky Facts about Mummies
  • Teenage Cartoons and Jokes
  • Your Own Joke Book

Sports humor, including:

  • Baseball laughs
  • Doctor Golf
  • Locer Room Humor
  • 101 Super Sports Jokes
  • Wacky Sports

Humourous essays, by authors including:

  • Milton Berle
  • Art Buchwald
  • Johnny Carson
  • Bennett Cerf
  • Wally Cox
  • Phyllis Diller
  • Alan King
  • Art Linkletter
  • S. J. Perelman
  • Alan Sherman
  • Shel Silverstein
  • Carl Reiner
  • Jame Thurber
  • Alexander Wollcott
  • P. G. Wodehouse

Comic novels, by authors including:

  • Jules Feiffer
  • Ernie Kovacs
  • Max Schulman
  • Dr. Suess

Ethnic humor, including:

  • The Official Jewish/Irish Joke Book
  • The Official Polish-Italian Joke Book
  • Jewish Curses for all Occasions

Military humor, including:

  • Back Home
  • The Best of Sargeant Mike
  • For the Serviceman
  • G.I. Jokes
  • Highlights from Yank, the Army Weekly
  • Sgt. Bilko Joke Book
  • With Sgt. Mike in Vietnam

Sex humour, including:

  • All About Girls
  • Bachelor's Joke Book
  • Battle of the Sexes
  • Cartoon Sexhibit
  • For Newlyweds
  • Honeymoon Humor
  • Limericks Lewd and Lusty
  • Mating Manual
  • Modern Casanova's Handbook
  • Sex Rears its Lovely Head
  • Sex Without Tears

Collections and compilations, including:

  • Belly Laugh's Annual
  • Best Gags and Funniest Cartoons from Whiz Bang
  • The Best of Penthouse Cartoons
  • Best of the Bedside Esquire
  • Cartoon Laffs From True, The Man's Magazine
  • The Mad Reader
  • Over 100 Best Cartoons
  • The True Album of Cartoons


Last modified: July 3, 2006

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