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Comic Books and Graphic Novels collection

 Collection 0590-LIT

The Comic Books and Graphic Novels collection consists of 390 comic books and 4 graphic novels, and dates from 1945 to 2022, with the bulk of the collection being original DC and Marvel comic books from 1960 to 1970. Included is comic books and manga based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe, William Shakespeare, and Mary Shelley.


  • Publication: December 1945 - December 2022
  • Publication: Majority of material found within 1961-1970

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to the public and must be used in the Special Collections Reading Room. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies or digital surrogates may be provided in accordance with Special Collections and University Archives duplication policy.

Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs unless otherwise specified. It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission to publish materials from the appropriate copyright holder.

Archival materials may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws or other regulations. While we make a good faith effort to identify and remove such materials, some may be missed during our processing. If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the special collections reading room staff.


394 Items (394 books, 16 Hollinger boxes)

Scope and Contents

The Comic Books and Graphic Novels collection houses a variety of graphic literature spanning from 1945 to 2022. The majority of this collection contains books of DC Comics and Marvel Comics between the 1960s to 1970s. Other materials included in this collection are manga comics adapted from the works of William Shakespeare; satirical horror comics based on the works of Edgar Allen Poe; and comics based on Mary Shelley's book Frankenstein which span from post-World War II to the present day.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated to the University of Maryland Libraries by Jonathan Hodgson and Amber Kohl on November 2, 2023.

Processing Information

This collection was donated to the University of Maryland in November 2023. At that time, all items were inventoried and individually enclosed into clear plastic sleeves. The items were then grouped by comic series, and placed into acid-free boxes. During processing labels were created for each item and placed on the corner outside on the sleeve; for non-enclosed items labels were affixed to inserted flags.

Guide to the Comic Books and Graphic Novels collection
Processed by Rebecca Lukachinski and Sara Riley.
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Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

University of Maryland Libraries
Hornbake Library
4130 Campus Drive
College Park Maryland 20742