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RESEARCH HELP > HUMANITIES AND AREA STUDIES > AMERICAN LITERARY STUDIES

American Literary Studies


American Comics and Graphic Novels

The Collections

Stanford has a number of collections devoted to comics and graphic storytelling. These are contained in different collections are described below.

Locations: Department of Special Collections and Department of Media-Microtexts, Green Library.

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 speccollref@stanford.edu or by regular mail at the Department of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94305-6004. Regarding items on Microform, please contact the Department of Media-Microtexts by telephone at (650) 723-9394.

The Collections

GOLDEN AGE COMICS ON MICROFORM:

Content: Color microfiche reproductions of the complete text of selected titles of comic book series from 1939-1956.

Location: Green Library, Media-Microtexts.

Access: Individual titles are in Socrates. Staff in Media-Microtexts will retrieve material from the collection if you provide an item's call number as listed below:

  • Action comics [microform]. 1938. MFICHE 1979
  • Adventure comics [microform]. 1938. MFICHE 1980
  • All-American comics [microform]. 1939. MFICHE 1996
  • All-Flash quarterly [microform]. 1941. MFICHE 1981
  • All-Flash [microform]. 1942. MFICHE 1981
  • All select comics [microform]. 1943. MFICHE 2014
  • All-star comics [microform]. 1940. MFICHE 1982
  • All winners [microform]. 1941. MFICHE 2021
  • America's greatest comics [microform]. 1941. MFICHE 2002
  • Archie comics [microform]. 1942. MFICHE 2012
  • Astonishing [microform]. 1951. MFICHE 2020
  • Batman [microform]. 1940. MFICHE 1984
  • The Black Knight [microform]. 1955. MFICHE 2015
  • Blonde Phantom comics [microform]. 1946. MFICHE 2014
  • Blue ribbon comics [microform]. 1939. MFICHE 2009
  • Boy comics [microform]. 1942. MFICHE 2011
  • Captain America comics [microform]. 1941. MFICHE 2022
  • Captain Battle comics [microform]. 1941. MFICHE 2011
  • Captain Marvel adventures [microform]. 1941. MFICHE 1985
  • Cocomalt big book of comics [microform]. 1938. MFICHE 2033
  • Comic Cavalcade [microform]. 1942. MFICHE 2032
  • The comics magazine [microform]. 1936. MFICHE 2013
  • Detective comics [microform]. 1937. MFICHE 1986
  • Funny pages [microform]. 1936. MFICHE 2013
  • Flash comics [microform]. 1940. MFICHE 1987
  • Green Lantern [microform]. 1941. MFICHE 1983
  • Hangman comics [microform]. 1942. MFICHE 2007
  • The Human Torch [microform]. 1940. MFICHE 2023
  • Jumbo comics [microform]. 1938. MFICHE 2005
  • Jungle comics [microform] 1940. MFICHE 2006
  • Jackpot comics [microform]. 1941. MFICHE 2010
  • Leading comics [microform]. 1941. MFICHE 1988
  • Marvel comics [microform]. 1939. MFICHE 2024
  • Marvel boy [microform]. 1950. MFICHE 2019
  • Marvel mystery comics [microform]. 1939. MFICHE 2024
  • Men's adventures [microform]. 1950. MFICHE 2018
  • Military comics [microform]. 1941. MFICHE 1998
  • More fun comics [microform]. 1936. MFICHE 2001
  • Mystic comics [microform]. 1940. MFICHE 2025
  • New adventure comics [microform]. 1937. MFICHE 1980
  • New comics [microform] 1935. MFICHE 1980
  • New fun [microform]. 1935. MFICHE 2001
  • Pep comics [microform]. 1940. MFICHE 1999
  • Planet comics [microform]. 1940. MFICHE 1997
  • Police comics [microform]. 1941. MFICHE 1991
  • Plastic Man [microform]. 1943. MFICHE 1989
  • Sensation comics [microform]. 1942. MFICHE 2031
  • Star spangled comics [microform]. 1941. MFICHE 2030
  • Strange tales [microform]. 1951. MFICHE 2029
  • Sub-Mariner comics [microform] 1941. MFICHE 2026
  • Superman [microform]. 1939. MFICHE 1990
  • U. S. A. comics [microform] 1941. MFICHE 2027
  • Wings comics [microform] 1940. MFICHE 2004
  • Whiz comics [microform]. 1940. MFICHE 1992
  • Wonder Woman [microform]. 1942. MFICHE 1993
  • World's best comics [microform]. 1941. MFICHE 1994
  • World's finest comics [microform]. 1941. MFICHE 1994
  • Young allies comics [microform]. 1941. MFICHE 2028
  • Young men [microform]. 1953. MFICHE 2017

COMIC BOOKS

Location: Green Library, Department of Special Collections

Content: A selection of 6000 contemporary American comic books published principally from the mid-1960's to the early 1990's. The majority of the titles are from two major publishers, DC Comics and Marvel Comics.

Access: Individual titles are not in SOCRATES. A complete alphabetical listing is available in the Reading Room of the Department of Special Collections.

GENRE COMIC ART COLLECTION

Location: Green Library, Department of Special Collections

Content: A representative collection of American comic books and comic-strip art, including reprint editions of classic newspaper comic strips, anthologies and collections of comic books, and sample works of contemporary graphic novels and comics books.

Access: Individual titles and author/artists are listed in Socrates. Subject areas represented are in three fields: Comic Books, Comic Strips, and Graphic Novels. A complete listing of the holdings in the collection will eventually be available from Socrates by typing "find SP genre collection." The following lists provide an interim inventory of the Genre Comics Art Collection.

THE COLLECTIONS

EC COMICS: reprint editions of William Gaines’ influential 1950’s comic publications, collated in chronological sequence, including the titles:

  • Aces High
  • Crypt of Terror
  • Crime Patrol
  • Crime Suspense Stories
  • Extra
  • Gunfighter
  • Haunt of Fear
  • Impact
  • Mad Magazine
  • Modern Lov
  • Moon, a Girl, and Romance
  • Piracy
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Romanc
  • Saddle Justice
  • Shock Suspense Stories
  • Tales from the Crypt
  • Tales of Valor
  • Two Fisted Tale
  • War Against Crime
  • Weird Fantasy
  • Weird Science
  • Weird Science-Fantasy

CLASSIC NEWSPAPER COMIC STRIP COLLECTIONS: reprint editions of selected titles of comic art originally appearing as newspaper strips, including:

  • Abbie an’ Slats (Al Capp)
  • Alley Oop (V. T. Hamlin)
  • Batman (Bob Kane)
  • Barney Google and Snuffy Smith (Billy DeBeck)
  • Calvin and Hobbes (Bill Watterson
  • Dick Tracy (Chester Gould)
  • Dickie Dare (Milton Caniff)
  • Donald Duck (Carl Barks)
  • Fearless Fosdick (Al Capp)
  • Flash Gordon (Alex Raymond)
  • Hey Look! (Harvey Kurtzman)
  • Little Nemo in Slumberland (Winsor McCay)
  • Krazy Kat (George Herriman)
  • Li’l Abner (Al Capp)
  • Little Lulu (John Stanley
  • Little Orphan Annie (Howard Gray)
  • The Kin-der-kids (Lyonel Feininger)
  • Mickey Mouse (Floyd Gottfriedson)
  • Nancy (Ernie Bushmiller)
  • Pogo (Walt Kelly)
  • Popeye (E. C. Segar)
  • Prince Valiant (Hal Foster)
  • Red Barry (Will Gould)
  • Skippy (Percy Crosby)
  • The Spirit (Will Eisner)
  • Tarzan (Burne Hogarth / Hal Foster)
  • Terry & the Pirates (Milt Caniff)
  • Uncle Scrooge (Carl Barks)
  • Wash Tubbs & Captain Easy (Roy Crane)
  • The Yellow Kid (R. F. Outcault)

UNDERGROUND CARTOONISTS: representative collections of work by major figures of the Underground comic movement which started in the 1960’s, including:

  • Vaughn Bode
  • Robert Crumb
  • Howard Cruze
  • Kim Deitch
  • Jules Feiffer
  • Bill Griffith
  • Justin Green
  • Rand Holmes
  • John Jackson
  • Aline Kominsky
  • Harvey Peckar
  • Spain Rodriguez
  • Gilbert Shelton
  • Art Spiegelman
  • Ralph Steadman
  • Robert Williams
  • Skip Williamson
  • S. Clay Wilson
  • Basil Wolverton

CONTEMPORARY CARTOONISTS: representative work of a cross section of today’s cartoonists, including collections by:

  • Peter Bagge
  • Mark Beyer
  • Chester Brown
  • Charles Burns
  • Dan Clowes
  • Drew Freidman
  • Neil Gaiman
  • Rick Geary
  • Roberta Gregor
  • Kaz
  • Peter Kupe
  • Terry Laba
  • Alan Moore
  • Gary Panter
  • Joe Sacco
  • Jeff Smith
  • Chris Ware
  • Jim Woodring

GRAPHIC NOVELS: examples of contemporary book-length comics, including:

  • City of Glass (Paul Auster)
  • City of Light, City of Dark (Avi)
  • A Contract with God (Will Eisner)
  • Maus (Art Spiegelman)
  • Jar of Fools (Jason Lutes)
  • Mr. Punch (Neil Gaiman)
  • Halstead Street (Skip Williamson)
  • Goodman Beaver (Harvey Kurtzman)
  • Jungle Book (Harvey Kurtzman)
  • Suckle: The Status of Basil (Dave Cooper)
  • Kings in Disguise (James Vance and Dan Burr)

MAGAZINES: representative runs of influential magazines which introduced the work of unknown and International comic artists to the American public

  • Arcade
  • Blab!
  • Heavy Metal
  • Nemo: The Classic Comics Library
  • Raw
  • Weirdo
  • Zero Zero

COMIC HISTORIES AND ANTHOLOGIES

  • The Apex Treasury of Underground Comics: The Best of Bijou Funnies
  • The Art of Mad
  • Cartoons of the Roaring Twenties
  • A Century of Women’s Comics
  • Comic Strip Century
  • Comics and Sequential Art
  • From Aargh! to Zap!: Harvey Kurtzman’s Visual History of the Comics
  • The Hundred Best Comics of the Century
  • Kitchen Sink: The First 25 Years
  • Manga! Manga! The World of Japanese Comics
  • Meatmen: An Anthology of Gay Male Comics
  • 100 Years of Newspaper Comics
  • Twisted Sisters
  • Understanding Comics
  • Women in Comics

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