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Comic books collection

Identifier: M249

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Comic Books collection contains approximately 2,500 comic books from publishers such as DC Comics, Marvel, Charlton, Archie Enterprise, various imprints, and independent publishers. The collection encompasses many genres, including superhero and romance. They date from 1944 to 2022 with the majority from the 1970s to 1990s.


  • Creation: 1944-2022
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1970-1999

Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research use.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Georgia State University is the owner of the physical collection and makes reproductions available for research, subject to the copyright law of the United States and item condition. Georgia State University may or may not own the rights to materials in the collection. It is the researcher's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and obtain permission from the copyright holder before publication, reproduction, or display of the materials beyond what is reasonable under copyright law. Researchers may quote selections from the collection under the fair use provision of copyright law.


24 box(es) (23 short comic book boxes and 1 oversize box)

Language of Materials



The Comic Books collection primarily contains comic books from a variety of genres, such as Superheroes, Romance, and others. It includes comic books from several publishers such as DC Comics, Marvel, Charlton, Archie Enterprise, as well as many imprint and independent publishers. They date from 1944 to 2022 with the majority from the 1970s to 1990s.

Arrangement Note

Arranged in 3 series based on genre: I. Superhero Comics, II. Romance Comics, and III. Other Genres. Each series is arranged alphabetically based on the title of the publication.

Acquisition Information

The majority of the collection was donated by John Canfield, 2012-2015. Subsequently, items added from other sources.

Processing Information

Originally processed as a part of the Popular Culture Literature collection by Tony Dinh, 2013 and Minh Nguyen 2015 and notes by William Hardesty, 2014. Comic books were removed from the popular literature collection and made into a separate collection by Brittany Newberry 2022. Additions processed and notes added by Brittany Newberry 2022.



Comic Books:
A Guide to the Collection at Georgia State University
Brittany Newberry
June 2022
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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