With one of the biggest comic book collections in the world, we take our role of preserving comics seriously. Many scholars have come to study our collections to learn more about art and popular culture. But we also know that comic books are seriously fun to read! Which is why we’re now trying to make our collections more accessible.
Every comic book enthusiast that I know has a story about the first series that really hooked them, sometimes even as a young reader just learning to read. How did they find those first tantalizing pages? From a friend? Maybe. Or maybe it was by serendipity as they walked through a store. Either way, through serendipity or through highlighting our collections, we want to help you, especially if you can visit us, to find a title you enjoy reading.
In the Newspaper & Current Periodical Reading Room, you can now find a selection of comic books to browse, just as we’ve always had periodicals and newspapers for browsing. You can come in, bring your coffee, and relax with a comic book.
For the more serious reader, we are also going to start pulling sets of comic books on different themes that can be easily requested. Our first sets are a collection of Captain Marvel and a collection of Batman comic books. See the changes in Captain Marvel from Mar-vell to Monica Rambeau to the modern Carol Danvers, and see Batman shift between the beloved bat hero and the mysterious Dark Knight.
For those of you who can’t join us, here are some recent finds from out collections that you might be able to find at your local libraries:
What comic books would you like to see? Are you reading something right now that you would like to recommend to your fellow readers? Let us know in the comments!