The comic book collection is based around several large donations from collectors. Much of our comic book collection dates from the 1970s forward, with particular strength in the 1990s. We do not hold a significant number of Golden Age or Silver Age comics. A large portion of the collection is minimally processed, and there are gaps in runs of titles. We continually add to this collection, chiefly through donations. Recent acquisitions include full runs of Strangers in Paradise and Cerebus in trade paperback format, and autographed copies of a short Scary Godmother run in single issues. We also have a small but growing cache of original comic art. A listing of our original art holdings can be found in the right-hand column on this page.
This collection is not fully cataloged. To see which titles we hold, you'll need to consult our comic book titles list as well as our online catalog, searching "Comic Book Collection" in Any Word Anywhere. Trade paperbacks are more likely to be in the online catalog, while single issues are more likely to be on our titles list.
A new addition to our collection is access to the Underground and Independent Comics database, newly subscribed to by the library. (Unfortunately, due to our vendor contract, this resource is limited to members of the NIU community who have Novell IDs). Also, be sure to check out the Flickr set from the 2010 exhibitionHeroes, Villains, and the American Zeitgeist, which was held in the NIU Art Museum.
Original Comic Art And Comics-related materials
In the Northern Illinois University Rare Books and Special Collections Department
Last Updated: October 5, 2004
Original art in this collection consists of hand-drawn and lithographic reproductions of art created by individual artists and writers, and donated to the Comic Book Collection. We are continuing to add to this collection whenever possible.
Many of these materials are the generous gift of Michael Damian Thomas.
Artists and Writers List: