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Finding Aid

Comic Book Collection
MsC 342
Collection Dates: 1971-2011

Access and Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Digital Surrogates: Except where indicated, this document describes but does not reproduce the actual text, images and objects which make up this collection. Materials are available only in the Special Collections Department.

Copyright: Please read The University of Iowa Libraries' statement on Property Rights, Copyright Law, and Permissions to Use Unpublished Materials.

Use of Collections: The University of Iowa Libraries supports access to the materials, published and unpublished, in its collections. Nonetheless, access to some items may be restricted by their fragile condition or by contractual agreement with donors, and it may not be possible at all times to provide appropriate machinery for reading, viewing or accessing non-paper-based materials. Please read our Use of Manuscripts Statement.

Acquisition and Processing Information: The collection was initially assembled beginning in November 2009. The first installment consisted mostly of comics assembled for the Comic Books Exhibition displayed in the Main Library from June-October 2009. Additional donors include Jeremy Brett and Ken Friedman.

Photographs: None









Scope and Contents

The Floating Comic Book Collection consists of numerous comics acquired by Special Collections at various times and which are not attached to a particular donor or otherwise dedicated collection. Hence, they might be described as "floating". This collection is, in a sense, the equivalent of a general materials collection in a library.

The materials in this collection do not include mini-comics, zines, or similar sorts of amateur or self-published writings. (These can be found in the Floating Zine Collection.) Generally the comics in this particular collection are professionally-produced items (i.e. titles from established publishers such as Marvel or DC).


Related Materials

SPECIAL COLLECTIONS. Special Collections Floating Zine Collection.

Collection of assorted zines not tied to any particular donor or other collection. MsC331. (Finding Aid)

Box Contents List


Box 1

Acme Novelty Library #9 - 11 [Fantagraphics Books] (1998-1999)

Acme Novelty Library #12 - 13 [Fantagraphics Books] (1999)

Acme Novelty Library #14 [Fantagraphics Books] (2000)

Acme Novelty Library #16 - 17 [Fantagraphics Books, hardcover] (2005-2006)

Adventure Comics #431 [DC Comics] (January-February 1974)

The Amazing Spider-Man #583 [Marvel Comics] (March 2009 - Barack Obama on Cover)

Angel & Faith #1 [Dark Horse Comics] (August 2011)

Archie At Riverdale High #2 [Archie Enterprises] (September 1972)

Archie's TV Laugh-Out #23 [Archie Music Corp.] (December 1973)

Avatar: The Last Airbender/Star Wars: The Clone Wars [Dark Horse Comics] (Issued for Free Comic Book Day, May 2011)

The Avengers #369 [Marvel Comics] (December 1993)

Baltimore/Criminal Macabre [Dark Horse Comics] (Issued for Free Comic Book Day, May 2011)

The Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot #1- 2 [Dark Horse Comics] (July-August 1995)

Bloodlines: A Tale From The Heart of Africa #1 [Epic Comics] (1992)

Buffy The Vampire Slayer [Season Eight] #33 [Dark Horse Comics] (March 2010)

Buffy The Vampire Slayer [Season Eight] #36 [Dark Horse Comics] (September 2010)

Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Riley [Dark Horse Comics] (August 2010)

The Darkness: Confession [Top Cow Productions] (Issued for Free Comic Book Day, May 2011)

DC Kids #1 [DC Comics] (Issued for Free Comic Book Day, June 2009)

Dead of Night #1 [Marvel Comics] (December 1973)

Geek-Girl #0 [Fanbabes] (December 2009)

Girls' Love Stories #170 [DC Comics] (June 1972)

Kid Colt Outlaw #160 [Marvel Comics] (July 1972)

Life In Prison [Fantagraphics Books] (May 1995)

The Life of Christ: The Easter Story [Marvel Comics] (1993)

Our Fighting Forces #154 [DC Comics] (April 1975)

Richie Rich #108 [Harvey Comics] (August 1971)

Richie Rich and Jackie Jokers #14 [Harvey Comics] (March 1976)

Box 2

Shonen Jump vol. 6 #10 [VIZ Media] (October 2008)

Spider-Woman #49 [Marvel Comics] (April 1983)

Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Gauntlet of Death [Dark Horse Comics] (Issued for Free Comic Book Day, May 2009)

Superboy #200 [DC Comics] (January-February 1974)

Superman #271 [DC Comics] (January 1974)

Superman: The Man of Steel #30 [DC Comics] (February 1994)

Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #161 [DC Comics] (November 1973)

Tales From The Heart #1 - 2 [Entropy Enterprises] (n.d.; 1987)

Tales From The Heart #3 - 6 [Slave Labor Graphics] (1988-October 1989)

Tales From The Heart #7 - 11 [Slave Labor Graphics] (November 1990-May 1994)

Tales From The Heart of Africa: The Temporary Natives [Epic Comics] (August 1990)

Western Gunfighters #22 [Marvel Comics] (May 1974)

Wolverine v. 2 #50 [Marvel Comics] (January 1992)

Wolverine: Origin of an X-Man #1 [Marvel Comics] (Issued for Free Comic Book Day, May 2009)

Wonder Woman v. 3 #9 [DC Comics] (July 2007)

Young Love #94 [DC Comics] (April 1972)

Rick Altman Addendum

Japanese Harry Potter Addendum

Dave Morice Addendum

Oversized Folder 1

Acme Novelty Library #15 [Fantagraphics Books] (2001)