|Rare Book & Manuscript Library|
At a Glance
Arranged alphabetically by artist.
Comic art by such artists as Fred Fredericks; Giancarlo Malagutti; Joe Orlando; Jack Sparling, etc.
Using the Collection
Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Restrictions on Access
You will need to make an appointment in advance to use this collection material in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. You can schedule an appointment once you've submitted your request through your Special Collections Research Account.
Material is unprocessed. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
This collection has no restrictions.
This collection is located on-site.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Howard Leroy Davis Comic Book Art Collection.; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
Accruals are expected
Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
2015.2016.M003: Source of acquisition--Source. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--7/2/2015.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Collection-level record describing unprocessed material made public in summer 2018 as part of the Hidden Collections initiative.
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History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Howard Davis has been a lifelong collector of comics and a writer of their history. He is gradually divesting himself of much of his collection, and his gift to us reflects both comics history and the comics process. The art includes tryout pieces, inking and coloring choices, materials such as Duotone, and more. The archival materials shine a light on the comics business, such as Marvel Comics quarterly and annual reports, and on fan culture, through cons and the "memory jogger" that Jerry Bails used for his Who's who in American comic books. It also includes an example of comics used as a pedagogical tool ("The far out green Super Cool").