Kaltenthaler Collection

Social Advocacy and Civic Engagement in Punk Zines

By l.sylvander on November 17, 2016

Zines in the 1980’s were a pre-internet social media space—the underground music scenes of cities across the United States screamed off the mis-matched, collaged pages of these zines (or informal magazines). The Karl S. Kalthenthaler Collection at the Dowd Modern Graphic History Library fea...

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 ...

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...

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...

Illustrated Letters in the MGHL Collections

By MGHL Staff on June 7, 2012

Sometimes words aren’t always enough: This week we’re featuring a handful of illustrated letters from the MGHL collections. Playful, affectionate, and humorous, the letters reveal not only something about the writer/artist, but also the relationship between him/her and the recipient. ...

The Kaltenthaler Comics & Zines Collection Now Available

By MGHL Staff on April 10, 2012

We’re excited to announce that the Karl S. Kaltenthaler Comic Books and Zines Collection is now available for use. The collection contains over 1,000 comic books from spanning many genres and styles, including super-hero comics, war comics, horror comics, and alternative and underground tit...

Sneak Peek from the Kaltenthaler Comic Books & Zines Collection

By MGHL Staff on March 15, 2012

We’re in the midst of processing a new collection of comic books and zines and wanted to share a few highlights with you. (A zine is a self-published magazine with a small circulation.) Most of the zines in the Karl S. Kaltenthaler Collection are from the early to mid 1980s and focus on mus...