Digital Library of the Week: Comic Books of the 1950s

The Greenfield Library just got a new reference book set – The Encyclopedia of Comic Books and Graphic Novels edited by M. Keith Booker (in Greenfield Reference, 741.503 En19). These beautifully illustrated two volumes reminded me of a terrific collection from The University of Buffalo, SUNY library.

Blondie, no. 72 from December 1954
Blondie, no. 72 from December 1954

Comic Books of the 1950s is a collection of comic book cover art from what they call “the most turbulent and interesting decades in American comic book history.” It’s most fun to search by themes such as alien invasion, heroic pets, or jungle girls. Then there is my favorite theme, libraries and librarians!

Also read their essay, Crusade Against the Comics, and find out more about this “unsuitable reading material.”

The UArts Libraries’ has lots of material on comic books and graphic novels. Some of our newer books include A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge by Josh Neufeld (in Greenfield Library open stacks: 976.335064 N394a 2009) and both Persepolis books by Marjane Satrapi (call numbers  955.0540924 Sa83p and  955.0540924 Sa83p2).

If you are into comics, then you definitely want to know about Philly Alternative Comic Con happening August 8, 2010.

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