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At a Glance
Scope and Contents
These interviews, conducted by John Benson with comics greats such as William M Gaines, Will Eisner, Harvey Kurtzman, and more, were published in abridged form in fanzines such as SQUA TRONT and ALTER EGO. Originally on reel-to-reel tapes, they will be digitized, giving listeners an unedited glimpse into the views of legends at the heights of their careers.
Inventory (2 pages) is available; boxes are lettered to correspond with the list.
Using the Collection
Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Conditions Governing 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
This collection is located on-site.
Conditions Governing Use
The RBML cannot provide access to original time-based media material which has not been first been reformatted for preservation. Researchers are welcome to examine archival time-based media items and decide whether they wish to place an order for Audio/Video reformatting. If copyright and/or condition restrictions apply, it may not be possible to digitize a requested item. Please note that A/V reformatting is handled by an outside vendor and typically takes 6-8 weeks.
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of John Benson, 2019.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
John Benson is a pioneering figure in comics fandom history, and these interviews fit well with the Hames Ware collection, and the future Bill Schelly bequest. The interviews capture legends of the field, interviewed by a deeply-knowledgeable interlocutor.