Guide to the Comic Art and Culture Collection 1969-2009
SC 3.8

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Title
Comic Art and Culture Collection
ID
SC 3.8
Date [inclusive]
1969-2009
Extent
17.0 boxes
General Physical Description note
9.25 linear feet of shelf space
Location note
(MASC staff use) 1:35 and map case.
Language
English
Abstract
The collection includes underground comics, zines, artist prints and posters, and comics-related media, games, and collectibles.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description] Comic Art and Culture Collection (SC 3.8)

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

The underground newave/comix scene is a small but vibrant one, and much of the work produced is amateur in production value, if not in style, and is often photocopied, uncolored, and in alternative formats such as minicomix and microcomics.

This is one of several related comics/comix collections held in Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections at the Washington State University Libraries, dating back to the mid to late-1980s. Former WSU catalog librarian and newave/comix (hereafter referred to as comix) creator Steve Willis cataloged the first of these collections (SC 3.1, Steve Willis Comix Collection). Several of Willis's friends and fellow comix artists donated their personal collections, including Lynn Hansen (SC 3.2), Clark Dissmeyer (SC 3.5), Joseph M. Shea (SC 3.6), and Jeff Zenick (SC 3.7). Willis later donated a second collection (SC 3.4) of comix and small press materials, and continues to donate material as of 2015. For some of the items in this collection, the provenance is undocumented.

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Scope and Contents note

The Comic Art and Culture Collection includes materials from the American small press comix scene of the 1980s forward. It consists of underground comics, zines, artist prints and posters, and comics-related media, games, and collectibles. Many of the materials coincide with the growth of the underground comix scene (referred to by many cartoonists as "Newave" or "new wave").

In contrast to other collections in the SC 3.x series, this collection was established in 2015 as open-ended, comprising multiple accessions and accommodating future acquisitions. As established in 2015, the collection consists of items acquired from multiple sources, processed separately from other collections that are collector/creator-specific. Materials relate mainly to alternative comics and the underground comics scene, including oversize items such as artist prints and portfolios. Other materials included are various types of media, newspapers, and realia.

The collection includes items with sexually explicit content.

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Arrangement note

This collection is arranged in 11 series, by type of material. Some series are further divided into subseries. Within each series or subseries, materials are arranged alphabetically (by title or description).

Series 1: Comics/Comix. This series consists of comics/comix in various formats. It contains three subseries: (1.1) Comix, (1.2) Minicomics, and (1.3) Microcomics.

Series 2: Comix-related promotion and advertising material. This series contains materials related to the advertising and promoting of comix, zines, comic books, promotional comix-related events, and catalogs for comix, comic books, anime, art supplies, and other related materials.

Series 3: Newspapers, newsletters, and other periodicals. This series contains published printed materials relating to comix. Most are from the Pacific Northwest.

Series 4: Zines. This series contains small press zines written by one or multiple authors.

Series 5: Comix-related ephemera. This series contains objects related to comics, such as pins and calendars.

Series 6: Artist prints and portfolios. This series contains large-format works by individuals or groups of artists.

Series 7: Posters. This series contains posters of comix and other subjects rendered in a cartoon style.

Series 8: Non-comics collectibles. This series contains mailart, cards, and other collectibles.

Series 9: Media (audiovisual and other). This series consists of audiovisual and computer media (other than games). It contains four subseries: (9.1) audiocassettes, (9.2) CD-ROMs, (9.3) audio discs, and (9.4) videocassettes.

Series 10: Games. This series contains computer games related to comix, or containing comix illustrations.

Series 11: Realia. This series contains 3-dimensional objects related to comix.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 2016

http://www.libraries.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open and available for research use.

Conditions Governing Use note

Copyright restrictions apply.

Accruals note

The repository expects to add materials to this collection.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

This collection was established in 2015, comprising materials separated from multiple accessions. Additions are expected.

Processing Information note

This collection was processed by Robert Franklin.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

SC 3.1: Steve Willis Underground Comics Collection, 1966-1997

SC 3.2: Lynn R. Hansen Underground Comics Collection, 1899-1994 (bulk 1963-1978)

SC 3.3: Paul Brians Comics Collection, 1950-2004

SC 3.4: Steve Willis Comix and Small Press Collection

SC 3.5: Clark Dissmeyer Comix and Small Press Collection, 1977-2002

SC 3.6: Joseph M. Shea Comix and Small Press Collection, 1967-2010

SC 3.7: Jeff Zenick Comix and Small Press Collection, 1984-2003

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Controlled Access Headings

Subject(s)

  • Comic books, strips, etc.
  • Erotic comic books, strips, etc.
  • Games, Electronic games.
  • Graphic novels
  • New wave comics
  • Posters
  • Publishers and Publishing.
  • Underground comic books, strips, etc.
  • Underground press publications

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: Comics/Comix 

Scope and Contents note

This series consists of comics/comix in various formats. It contains three subseries: (1.1) Comix, (1.2) Minicomics, and (1.3) Microcomics.

Subseries 1.1: Comix 

Box

100% Pittsburgh! 1996 

1.1

Aero Through the Ages 2009 

1.1

Blackmoon 1985 

1.1

Bushido 1-4 1988-1989 

1.1

A Cartoon History of the Arms Race 1982 

1.1

Comical Funnies 

1.1

Colbalt - 60 1984 

1.1

The Cursed Earth One and Two 1981-1982 

1.1

Doomsday + 1 Number 5 1977 

1.1

The Doomsday Squad 1-3 1986 

1.1

Downtime 1989 

1.1

Dreadstar Number 3 1983 

1.1

Ex-Mutants 1-2. 4-15 1989-1990 

1.1

Ex-Mutants Annual 1988 

1.1

The Original Ex-Mutants: Gods or Men 1988 

1.1

Lawrence and Lim's Ex-Mutants Number 8 1987 

1.1

Ex-Mutants Pin Up Book 1988 

1.1

Solo Ex-Mutants 1-6 1988-1989 

1.1

Ex-Mutants: The Special Edition Number 1 1987 

1.1

Feldspar 2002 

1.2

The Fence is Always Browner on the Other Side of the Grass 

1.2

The Forever War 1-3 1990-1991 

1.2

The Fury of the Four Corner 

1.2

Grendel 24-25 1988 

1.2

Itchy Planet 1 1988 

1.2

Jeremiah 1-2 1991 

1.2

Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth! 1-3 1972-1973 

1.2

The Last American 1-4 1990-1991 

1.2

Logan's Run 1-6 1990-1991 

1.2

Logan's World 1-4 1991 

1.2

Havok + Wolverine: Meltdown 2-4 1988-1989 

1.2

Miracleman 14 1988 

1.2

NUT (New Untold Tales) 1 2004 

1.2

Pure Insanity 1982 

1.2

Shot by a Ray Gun 2002 

1.2

Vector 1986-1987 

1.2

Subseries 1.2: Minicomix 

Box

Lousy Funeral 2014 

1.3

Monster Versus The Pop Culture Nihilists number 1 

1.3

SAB number 1 

1.3

Squint number 3 2014 

1.3

Weirdx number 1/2 2014 

1.3

Subseries 1.3: Microcomix 

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Series 2: Comix-related Promotion and Advertising Material 

Scope and Contents note

This series contains materials related to the advertising and promoting of comix, zines, comic books, promotional comix-related events, and catalogs for comix, comic books, anime, art supplies, and other related materials.

Box

Pacific Comics Catalog 

2.1

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Series 3: Newspapers, Newsletters, and Other Periodicals 

Scope and Contents note

This series contains published printed materials relating to comix. Most are from the Pacific Northwest.

Box

Chico News & Review 1986 

0.1

Lewiston Morning Tribune 1986 

0.1

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Series 4: Zines 

Scope and Contents note

This series contains small press zines written by one or multiple authors.

Box

Copy This! 2014-2015 

4.1

Genius with a Penis 

4.1

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Series 5: Comix-related Ephemera 

Scope and Contents note

This series contains objects related to comics, such as pins and calendars.

Box

1987 Calendar 1986 

5.1

1983 Cynicalman Calendar 1982 

5.1

1984 Cynicalman Calendar 1983 

5.1

Communications Unlimited 

0.1

Copy This! Comics Checklists 

5.1

Pins 

5.1

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Series 6: Artist Prints and Portfolios 

Scope and Contents note

This series contains large-format works by individuals or groups of artists.

Box

[Untitled] by Chad Woody 

6.1

[Untitled] by Corben 1969 

0.2

[Untitled] by D. Miller 

0.2

[Untitled] GM 1982 

6.1

[Untitled] Print by Mike Hill 1999 

6.1

[Untitled] Tucker Peteril 

6.1

Air Battle 1985 

6.1

Alien Rectal Probe by Midnight 

6.1

The Animated Cerebus 1983 

6.1

Arabian Nights 1978 

6.1

Blue Dragon 1985 

0.2

Cecil C. Addle No. 1 1977 

0.2

Cecil C. Addle No. 2 1977 

0.2

Cecil C. Addle No. 3 1977 

0.2

Cecil C. Addle No. 4 1977 

0.2

Cecil C. Addle No. 5 1977 

0.2

Cecil C. Addle No. 6 1977 

0.2

Cecil C. Addle No. 7 1977 

0.2

Cecil C. Addle No. 8 1977 

0.2

City: A Narrative Portfolio by Will Eisner 1980 

0.2

Comic Jazz: A Comic Art Portfolio 

0.2

Corben Classics Set One and Two 1986 

0.2

Cosmic Monster 1975 

6.1

The Dale Lee Planet Dinosaur Portfolio 1982 

0.2

Dark Mists 1985 

0.2

Enchanted Treasure 1983 

6.1

Forest of Doom 1983 

6.1

The Gay Heart Throbs Portfolio (Warning: Sexually Explicit Content) 1983 

0.2

Green Man 1984 

6.1

His Master's Voice 1972 

6.1

Jack Kirby's Gods 1972 

6.1

Labyrinth 1986 

0.2

Lizard King 1984 

6.1

Magic Sword 1983 

6.1

The Man in the Forest 1976 

6.1

Marvel Comics Covers 

6.1

New York City Bar 1976 

6.1

Night Flight 1985 

6.1

Pilgo the Plunderer 1981 

6.1

The Portfolio of Underground Art 1980 

6.1

Rosamond 1983 1973 

6.1

Scenes from the Magic Planet 1979 

6.1

Sketches 

6.1

Space Proposal 1980 

6.1

The Street Enterprises Benefit Portfolio 1975 

6.1

Tars Tarkos of Barsoom 1970 

6.1

Wizard's Dreams 1985 

6.1

Wood Demon 1984 

6.1

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Series 7: Posters 

Scope and Contents note

This series contains posters of comix and other subjects rendered in a cartoon style.

Box Folder

America…I'll Vote For That 

Map Case 1

Argent Park 1980 

Map Case 1

Bloodstar 1975 

Map Case 1

The Chateau Presents… 1975 

Map Case 1

Chiste 1993 

Map Case 1

Den 1978 

Map Case 1

Den in Muvovum 1983 

Map Case 1

Elric: the White Wolf 1977 

Map Case 1

Foley's Thanksgiving Day Parade 

Map Case 1

Hambly Studios Calendar 1974 

Map Case 2

I Saw All The Action at Chicago ComicCon 

Map Case 2

I Saw All The Action at Chicago ComicCon 3D 

Map Case 2

Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman 

Map Case 2

La Premevere/La Plume 

Map Case 2

Mutant World 1980 

Map Case 2

The National Parks: Nature 1974 

Map Case 2
Box

"P.M." (Preventative Maintenance) posters by Will Eisner, for use by United States Armed Forces in Vietnam: calendar, "December '67"; "Too Busy Fighting to Do PM?" (2 items, with acquisition documentation from donor Joseph M. Shea) circa 1967 

0.1
Box Folder

The Simpsons 

Map Case 2

The Spirit 

Map Case 2

Werewolf 1984 

Map Case 2

Whales? 1975 

Map Case 2

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Series 8: Non-comics Collectibles 

Scope and Contents note

This series contains mailart, cards, and other collectibles.

Box

Death Cult - Jonestown Massacre Memorial Cards 

8.1

Dig 

8.1

Mailart 

8.1

Trading Cards 

8.1

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Series 9: Media 

Scope and Contents note

This series consists of audiovisual and computer media (other than games). It contains four subseries: (9.1) audiocassettes, (9.2) CD-ROMs, (9.3) audio discs, and (9.4) videocassettes.

Subseries 9.1: Cassettes 

Box

Crystal Forest 

9.1

John E. Snakebrain 

9.1

Optimism 

9.1

Ron, Ron, Ron, Ron 

9.1

Subseries 9.2: CD-ROMS 

Box

Formaline 

9.2

 

Box
Subseries 9.3: Audio discs (LPs)
Box

The Amazing Spider-Man: A Rockcomic! 

0.2

The Fighters - "Breaking Bones for Laughs" 

9.3

LMNOP - "Forever Through the Sun" and "Three Colon oh oh" 

9.3

Seen the Light" and "Wind Blow 

9.3

Subseries 9.4: VHS 

Box

Bovie Videos I, II, VI 

9.4

Onward 

9.4

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Series 10: Games 

Scope and Contents note

This series contains computer games related to comix, or containing comix illustrations.

Box

Gamma World 1980, 1983 

10.1

Trinity 1986 

10.1

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Series 11: Realia 

Scope and Contents note

This series contains 3-dimensional objects related to comix.

Box

Pins 

x.x

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