Sunny Skies for X-Men’s Storm

By MGHL Staff on February 27, 2014

In honor of Black History Month, Modern Graphic History Library looks at one of the most well-known African American comic book heroines — Storm, aka Ororo Munroe, of the X-Men. Cover by Arthur Adams, Classic X-Men #3, November 1986 Storm, the mutant heroine who can control the wind and rai...

Remembrance: Harold Ramis, Class of 1966

By Miranda Rectenwald on February 27, 2014

Harold Ramis entered Washington University as a freshman in the fall of 1962 and moved into student housing on the “South Forty.”   He pledged Zeta Beta Tau and joined (at the time) the largest fraternity on campus, with one hundred members.  After a year in the dorms, Ramis moved int...

Happy Birthday St. Louis

By MGHL Staff on February 20, 2014

The City of St. Louis turns 250 years old during 2014.  Since historians do not know the official date of the city’s founding, it was decided to start the year-long celebration this February.  In honor of this celebration, Modern Graphic History Library, a part of Washington University in S...

A Look Back: Engineering Week at WU

By Lillian Blotkamp, Graduate Student Assistant on February 16, 2014

Engineering Week has a long history of presenting competitions, fundraisers, and acclaimed guest speakers on WU’s campus.  Since the first decades of the twentieth century, the School of Engineering has held an annual Engineer’s Day showcasing the ingenuity of its students.  Most commonly, studen...

Dreaming of Olympic Glory?

By MGHL Staff on February 12, 2014

Has watching the Winter Olympics made you dream of Olympic glory? illustrated by Bernie Fuchs, 1979 New York Telephone directory Well, you’d better start practicing.  Grab some skis and hit the slopes. illustrated by Bradshaw Crandall, Cosmopolitan, February 1941 It may take a while to get ...

Russian-Inspired Fashion Suggestions

By MGHL Staff on February 5, 2014

The Winter Olympics start this week in Sochi, Russia.  As a way to learn more about the host country, Modern Graphic History Library presents some Russian-inspired fashions straight out of Ladies’ Home Journal. Because it’s cold outside, you will need a coat.  The latest Russian coats...

THE FACULTY APARTMENTS: A look at life on the Washington University campus, 1947 through 1952

By William 'Bill' Gullion (WU Class of 1957) on February 1, 2014

The Gullion family arrived in St. Louis on February 1, 1947.  Chancellor Arthur Holly Compton had hired my father to head the University’s new ‘amateur athletic’ program, intercollegiate sports without athletic scholarships. He was named head of the University’s School of Physical Education; athl...