Center for the Humanities Comics Collection

Politically Correct Romance?

By l.sylvander on February 13, 2017

Our romantic and sexual practices are some of the most heavily policed aspects of our social lives (shoutout to Foucault for totally shifting my understanding of social interaction forever). We remember 1950’s America as a socially conservative time, and what better way to control the urges...

World War II Era Adventure Comics Meet 2016

By l.sylvander on August 25, 2016

  Reading adventure comics from World War II in today’s political climate is startling. The whole country may not be as tuned into and invested in our modern wars as Americans of the 1940’s were. However, the themes in the 2016 presidential race are reflected in the anxiety-fuele...

Go Back to School with Al Parker

By MGHL Staff on August 21, 2014

Now that students are heading back to school, Modern Graphic History Library presents lessons from the correspondence course created by Al Parker for the Famous Artists School. Parker was one of 12 artists that founded the Famous Artists School in 1948.  The school was based in Westport, Connecti...

Cowabunga — Here Come the Ninja Turtles!

By MGHL Staff on August 7, 2014

Turtle Power returns to the big screen this weekend with a new version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  While the turtles are now household names, 30 years ago, it all started as a joke. Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird were struggling comic book artists who were looking for their big break.  As a ...

Archie is Dead — Long Live Archie!

By MGHL Staff on July 31, 2014

This past month, comic book readers mourned the passing of Riverdale’s Archie Andrews  — at least, the alternative future version of the red-headed, freckled girl-crazy teenager living life as an adult in a recently rebooted version of the title Life With Archie.  by Jeff Shultz, from...

Happy 80th Birthday Donald Duck

By MGHL Staff on June 9, 2014

One of the world’s most famous ducks — Donald Fauntleroy Duck — is now an octogenarian. cover by Daan Jippes, Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories #513, December 1986 Donald made his first appearance on June 9, 1934 as a supporting character living on a houseboat in a Walt Dis...

The Dark Knight Turns 75!

By MGHL Staff on May 22, 2014

Seventy-five years ago, in May 1939, the caped crime fighter Batman was introduced inDetective Comics #27. 1984 collector’s edition reprint of Detective #27, by Bob Kane Detective Comics was first published by the self-titled company, which merged into National Comics, and later was renamed...

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...

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

By MGHL Staff on December 23, 2013

With Christmas Eve just around the corner, Santa is making his final preparations. He’s double-checking his naughty and nice lists. Saturday Evening Post cover by Norman Rockwell, December 24, 1926 And he’s making sure he’s well-hydrated for the long trip (and where better to go...

Join the Monster Mash at MGHL

By MGHL Staff on October 10, 2013

Beware — there are lots of spooky-looking creatures lurking around Modern Graphic History Library for a Halloween gathering. Cover art by Frank Frazetta, Creepy #144, January 1983 Since Halloween is still three weeks away, these scary guests appear to be staying for a while.  We’ve go...