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Spider-man holds a man with one arm while swinging from a web between buildings with the other.

Treasures Gallery: Spider-Man’s Origin Story

Posted by: Malea Walker

One of the Library's many outstanding comic book holdings is the 24 original drawings by Steve Ditko for Amazing Fantasy No. 15 in August 1962, including the Spider-Man origin story. The iconic images were donated to the Library by an anonymous donor in 2008. They are included in the opening exhibit of the David M. Rubenstein Treasures Gallery.

Dune’s Shai-Hulud and Other Sandworms

Posted by: Malea Walker

Frank Herbert’s Dune Chronicles series is known as the first major world building science fiction saga. Published in 1965, Dune’s influence is clear in many science fiction novels and movies produced since then. Some of the most obvious examples of Dune’s influence can be found in the stories of large, sand-dwelling creatures of nightmares that …

Three mastheads and headlines from the front pages of The Echo, The Daily Bulletin, and the Omaha Guide.

Mary McLeod Bethune: Newspapers and Comic Books

Posted by: Joanna Colclough

Mary McLeod Bethune (1875-1955) dedicated her whole life to advocating for civil rights, especially the education of youth. You can find her work making headlines in Chronicling America newspapers, as well as her friendship with First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and other high profile people of the day. Even some comic books featured her biography.

Comic books propped up and laid open on display.

A Comics Display for the British Library

Posted by: Joanna Colclough

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the British Library, the Serial and Government Publications Division displayed some related comic book content on Captain Britain, Miracleman, Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore, and Winston Churchill.

Lets Talk Comics: SPX, SDCC, and more!

Posted by: Megan Halsband

It’s September and that means its time for comics and the Small Press Expo (SPX)! Every year the Library hosts a speaker in connection with SPX – usually accompanied by a small display and of course, a lively conversation. This year’s lecture will be a bit different than years past – as it will be …

Three comic book covers showing characters going to school.

Back to School: Comic Book Stories

Posted by: Malea Walker

What better way to ease the nerves of going back to school than to read some comic book stories…about school! Take a look at some of these classic school moments from the comic book collections of the Library of Congress.