The Comics Collection at SDSU has an emphasis in drawn books, independent, small press and mini-comics, as well as materials that document the
history of comic book culture, and the creative process behind comic book production. The collection consists of comics,
artwork, magazines, and various pieces of popular and alternative culture, and is filed alphabetically by book title. A brief
description of each book's content is listed beneath its title.
The concept of the comic can be traced back as far as the visual narratives of prehistoric cave paintings and Egyptian hieroglyphics.
The modern comic derives from what many term "the golden age," specifically with the introduction of Superman. The "man of
steel" triggered a fascination with comic book heroes; heroes who took flawed forms in the 1960s. Today, the comic serves
not only as a vehicle for super-heroes, but also as a channel for political thought, education, alternative culture, and critiques
of society. Contemporary interest in the comic trade, spurred by conventions and independent distribution, fosters a creative
environment in which new genres and edgy content drive the scene.
The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with
the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections
is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. Requests for permission to publish must be
submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission
is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission
of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available
for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including
but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.