Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Bert Hansen Educational Comics collection, 1941-2004

Summary Information

At a Glance

Bib ID 13434648 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Hansen, Bert, 1944-
Title Bert Hansen Educational Comics collection, 1941-2004
Physical Description 1.25 linear feet (1 record carton)
Language(s) English .

This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.



Content Description

While comic books have often been considered detrimental to learning, or literature for the illiterate, there is actually a long tradition of comics specifically created for pedagogical purposes. Some of the comic books included here had university professors on their advisory boards. For those interested in the less well-known history of comic books, or of educational literature for children, this collection makes a nice adjunct to the two boxes of uncataloged educational comics at the end of the Jonathan Zeitlin collection.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Curator of Manuscripts/University Archivist, Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RBML). The RBML approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Bert Hansen Educational Comics Collection. Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Columbia University.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Revision Description

2018-08-03 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.

All links open new windows.


Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Comics -- Educational Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Cartoonists -- New York City Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Education Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Bert Hansen is a professor emeritus of history at Baruch College. He has been collecting graphics published in popular media for over thirty years, and has donated parts of his collection to Fordham University and Yale University. His book, Picturing Medical Progress from Pasteur to Polio: A History of Mass Media Images and Popular Attitudes in America (Rutgers University Press, 2009), was honored with an award from the Popular Culture Association and named to the "2010 Best of the Best" for Public and Secondary School Libraries by the American Library Association.

Submit a request for access to the archival material. All users will need to register the first time they make a request. Columbia-affiliated users may login with their uni and password. Unaffiliated users may create a new account.

Series I: Eight Educational, Promotional, and Advocacy Comic Books, 1972-circa 2003

Box 1 Folder 1 Popeye and Public Service Careers (1972)

Box 1 Folder 2 Popeye and Marine Science Careers (1972)

Box 1 Folder 3 Popeye and Manufacturing Careers (1972)

Box 1 Folder 4 Popeye and Business and Office Careers (1973)

Box 1 Folder 5 Captain America Goes to War against Drugs (in cooperation with the FBI) (1990)

Box 1 Folder 6 Heroes Superman and Batman against Hunge r (1986)

Box 1 Folder 7 Superman for the Animals (2000). Copyright by Doris Day Foundation. Not about vivisection or animal experimentations, but about children's direct cruelty to pets.

Box 1 Folder 8 Decision (in English and in Spanish, back to back), Dinkins was May or, undated, ca. 2003. This in an AIDS education and prevention story based on a series of subway ads built around the story of Julio and Marisol.

Series II: Three Christian and Fundamentalist Comics, 1976-1982

Box 1 Folder 9 "Primal Man" The Crusader s Vol. 6 (1976) [against-evolution]

Box 1 Folder 10 "The Godfathers," The Crusaders Vol. 14 ( 1982) [accusing Roman Catholic church of supporting Nazism and anti-Semitism?]

Box 1 Folder 11 Young Missionaries Archie's World (Spire Christian Comics, 1976) [notes the need for preventive shots for cholera, tetanus, smallpox, the plague, and yellow fever; besides spreading the gospel they are want to save Communist China].

Series III: Seven Early Issues of "True-Adventure" Comic Books, 1941-1947

Box 1 Folder 12 Calling All Boys 4 (May 1946).

Box 1 Folder 13 Real Heroes 1, rare 64-page first issue. (September 1941). Cover and first pages are moldy, but most of the book is solid.

Box 1 Folder 14 Real Heroes 13 (March-April 1946). Includes Helen Keller story.

Box 1 Folder 15 Real Life Comics 21 (January 1944). [This is the regular version of the title; the next item is an unusual variant.]

Box 1 Folder 16 Real Life Picture Magazine 6 (July 1942). Not clear why it has an unusual form of the title. This item's cover was separated, so to minimize further damage it's divided into three separate bags for book, front cover, and back cover.

Box 1 Folder 17 True Comics 49 (May -June 1946).

Box 1 Folder 18 True Comics 67 (December 1947).

Series IV: Seven Later Books, 1977-2004

Using characters from older comic books (some were promotional give-aways)

Box 1 Folder 19 Archie (Free Comic Book Day 2004).

Box 1 Folder 20 Pokémon the Movie 2000 Activity Book (Comfort Inn, 2000).

Box 1 Folder 21 Real Heroes (Pizza Hut, 1994). [No relation to the Real Heroes title from the 1940s.]

Box 1 Folder 22 Superboy, a new solo series 453 (October 1977).

Box 1 Folder 23 Superboy, a new solo series 455 (February1978).

Box 1 Folder 24 Superman Meets the Motorsports Champions (1999).

Box 1 Folder 25 Zero Month, The Beginning of Tomorrow, A Sample (1994).

Series V: Thirty One Issues of Vidas Ilustres

Box 1 Folder 26 & 27 Full citations are indicated in red on a paper copy of Boaz Adler's article in the International Journal of Comic Art. (These books are in alphabetical order by the last name of the subject)

Series VI: Three issue of Vidas Ilustres

That are not in the article by Boaz Adler (as not people in the STEM fields)

Box 1 Folder 28 Arthur Evans, archeologist in Crete Vidas Ilustres 18:309 (April 30, 1973).

Box 1 Folder 29 Rabelais Vidas Ilustres 14:211 (June 1, 1969).

Box 1 Folder 30 Walt Whitman Vidas Ilustres 12:165 (July 1, 1967).

Series VII: Six Mexican Comics Other Than Vidas Ilustres

With heroes in the health professions

Box 1 Folder 31 [Naval Surgery.] "Cirugia en las olas," Aventuras de la Vida Real 9:88 (April 1, 1963).

Box 1 Folder 32 The Suez Canal Epopeya [Epic] 3:31 (December 1, 1960).

Box 1 Folder 33 Mary McLeod [Bethune] Mujeres célebres 1:12 (March1, 1962).

Box 1 Folder 34 Nurse Kenny and Polio Mujeres célebres 2:24 (March1, 1963).

Box 1 Folder 35 Elizabeth Blackwell Mujeres célebres 9:103 (October 1, 1969).

Box 1 Folder 36 Dr. Alexis Carrel Vidas Ejemplares 16:284 (January 1, 1969)

Series VIII: Ten Original Tijuana Bibles

[These little "8-pagers" are all stapled from the front except for Rex Morgan. It is not clear if any of these examples dates from the 1950s or if they are later replicas. All ten were flea-market purchases in the early 1990s]

Box 1 Folder 37 Alexander Smart Esq. in "Tit for Tat"

Box 1 Folder 38 Betty Boop in "Hot Pants"

Box 1 Folder 39 Cappo with Prof. O. G. Whattaschnozzle (includes homosexual buggery)

Box 1 Folder 40 Eclipse the Bell Hop

Box 1 Folder 41 The Fuller Brush Man

Box 1 Folder 42 Gasoline Alley, or Uncle Walt

Box 1 Folder 43 Greta Gabo No. 2

Box 1 Folder 44 Little Annie Rooney

Box 1 Folder 45 Rex Morgan, M.D. in Night Call 4 (saddle stapled)

Box 1 Folder 46 Wm. P. Mullins: Kayo and Mamie in "Juicy Stuff"

Seris IX: Seven Modern Imprints about Tijuana Bibles

Box 1 Folder 47 A 16-page sales catalogue forStarhead Comix 1995, including on p. 12 a listing of their volumes reprinting the "bibles" dating from the 1930s to the 1950s., 1930s

Box 1 Folder 48 Books 1 to 7 ofThe Tijuana Bible, a serial, of which at least 9 numbers were published between 1991 and 1995. Each issue reprints several complete "bibles." [Includes correspondence], 1991