Archive for July, 2009

A Sign


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One day a staff member contacted the library about donating his personal comics collection. He had a fair amount of comics that represented the 90s collectible craze. At first I was hesitant, but then decided it would a relevant addition, since it represented a midwestern youth’s interaction with popular culture and could be of interest to scholars.

When I lifted the lid of the first long box, it contained quite a few musty comics from the 60s and 70s. I’m guessing that these were probably the first ones he owned, given to him by older siblings or friends. Carefully flipping through the stack, I pulled a random one out and was instantly glad to have accepted the donation.

The comic was From Beyond the Unknown, No. 23. Featuring a talking/pistol-packing gorilla threatening a librarian. The cover was by Nick Cardy, but the actual story was done by artists Carmine Infantino and Joe Giella. No mention of Terry Pratchett.

That series had a thing for monkeys, check out –


Doing it “in-house”

cover Typically, a government agency will contract  with an established comic publisher, or have a formal internal department to handle the production of its comics. In the case of Here’s How,  the commanding officer of the Personnel Separation Center at Norman, Oklahoma, appeared to have utlized the cartoon and drawing talents of an enlistee. Signed H. Phares, 18 single-panel cartoons explain and demonstrate the various stages and routine of being stationed at the PSC.

Ted Kooser, poet laureate and comix contributor


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Ted Kooser contributed this single panel to an underground comic printed in 1974 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Entitled Comix Trip, it featured a wide variety of styles and stories by various local authors. Kooser drew an “interactive” cartoon that pokes fun at the fervent sports culture that persists today in Nebraska’s capitol.  An acquaintance of S. Clay Wilson, Kooser went on to win the Pulitzer prize for poetry in 2005 and  serve two terms as Poet Laureate of the United States.  He teaches at UNL.

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