Rare Book & Manuscript Library

R. Robert Pollak Comic Art collection, 1977-1993

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1851
Bib ID 12832360 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Pollak, R. Robert
Title R. Robert Pollak Comic Art collection, 1977-1993
Physical Description 1 linear feet (1 box and 1 oversize folder)
Language(s) English .

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.



Arranged in one series, by artist, within one large folder and 1 document box.



A small collection of original comic art, by Fran Matera, Fred Lasswell, Fett, Gus Ariola, and Irwin Hasen, to be used as a teaching collection. More items are expected.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

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.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); R. Robert Pollak Comic Art Collection; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.


Accruals expected

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Papers processed, ptl 9/1/2017.

Revision Description

2017-09-02 File created.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Arriola, Gus Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Artist Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bald, Kenneth Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Barry, Dan, 1923-1997 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Caricatures and cartoons Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Cartoonists Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Comic books, strips, etc Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Comic books, strips, etc Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Connor, Dale Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Fujitani, Bob, 1921- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Goldberg, Rube, 1883-1970 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hasen, Irwin, 1918-2015 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lasswell, Fred Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Matera, Fran Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Parker, Gladys Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Pollak, R. Robert Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Saunders, Allen, 1899-1986 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Starr, Leonard Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Young, Chic, 1901-1973 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

R. Robert Pollak is a graduate of Pratt Institute, drawing illustrations with a cartoon flair since the mid-1970's. Studied with David Edward Byrd (Godspell, Follies). Painting studies in Pietra Santa, Italy. Designed major displays/windows as a Visual Merchandiser on Fifth Avenue for over a decade. Oversaw corporate publications as art director for five years at the JC Penney Company's world headquarters. Teaching art and many other subjects for the NYC DOE for more than twenty years. Sabbatical studies at School of Visual Arts.

Many pen/ink illustrations have been published in an assortment of magazines/newspapers. Starting with the SoHo Weekly News and Saks Fifth Avenue, to more recently The Shawangunk Journal, The Ellenville Public Library and Museum, and historic Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn.

In 2009, with assistance from John S. Lucas, started a new Katy Keene Fan Club on FB. Administered and created art for that group up to 2011. It was an artistic homage to Bill Woggon's 1945 creation and a limited edition tribute pin-up comic was produced. Mermaids, Vixens, and Wenches, A Pin-Up Gallery was created in 2011. It featured postcard collections and an independent pin-up comic that debuted in 2012. Other renderings include several b/w pieces for Red Stylo Media's Shakespeare Shaken Anthology and more recently a short story for their Frankenstein Anthology. Created Ellen's Adventures at the Shadowland, a weekly comic strip, for an upstate New York newspaper. It incorporates the local Shadowland Theatre and landmarks in the Ulster County area. This comic strip is seasonal and has appeared in the Shawangunk Journal since 2012. In 2015 "The Phantom of Sam's Point" was the first compilation of comic strips from Ellen's Adventures at the Shadowland published by Red Stylo Media. Book 2"My Alien Pal" was released in March of 2016, and Book 3"Star Struck" in early 2017.