Collection MS 340 - Comics Collection

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MS 340


Comics Collection


  • 1895-2016 (Creation)

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22 boxes and 1 binder

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Archival history

The collection has been put together by the English Department as part of its Comics programme to be used by students on its undergraduate modules and its MLitt / MDes in Comics Studies. Punch magazines donated by Stephanie Wolfe Murray, founder of Canongate books. 2000AD purchased by English and Archives from John Gardner formerly of the University's Research and Innovation Services, Scottish Cartoonist Douglas Noble, and Scott Montgomery from DC Thomson's Commando Office from their move. European language comics had been kept at DC Thomson Archives, although not created by DC Thomson. Given to depositor (Chris Murray) during a rationalisation. Gifts and purchased arranged by Prof Chris Murray. The Bunty was a comic included in Peter Hansen purchased a range of art work from DC Thomson in 2003. The DC Thomson stationary was given to Chris Murray for the archive. Old British comics and annuals donated by Morris Heggie of DC Thomson, various issues of Commando and Dandy, Beezer, and Jackie donated by DC Thomson Commando Office.

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Scope and content

This is a collection of comic books, annuals, scripts, and books on comics gifted by various locals. It spans from Punch magazine in 1895 to modern single issue UK comics like 2000 AD and the Beano. While they are mostly English language comics, there are European language comics as well. Still to catalogue: 2000 AD (1978-1990, issues 39, 45, 49-54, 56-71, 73, 84-676); Donated by Douglas Noble, 2000 AD No's 676-780; 782-791; 795-849; 850-988; 990-999; 1000-1009; 1011-1024; 1026-1031; 1033-1034; 1041-1059; 1061-1067; 1069-1113; 1115-1201. Judge Dredd Law Man of the Future, No. 1; Judge Dredd Vol. 1 No. 2-20; Vol 2. No. 1-83; Vol. 3. No. 2; 4-7; 9-12; 14; 19-20; 22-23; 28; 34; Vol. 5 No. 248; 253; 267; 269; 270; 272; 274; 277; 282; 284-285; 287-288; 290; 292; 294-296; 298-300 (1990s-2000s). Donated by DC Thomson (Commando Office) and Scott Montgomery, 2000 AD 1210-1224; 1330-1331; 1337-1344; 1475-1481; 1494; 1499; 1500-1525; 1527-1545; 1549; 1551-1553; 1555-1592; 1600-1615; 1617-1622; 1624-1626; 1628-1640; 1643; 1645-1652; 1654-1664; 1666-1671; 1673-1677; 1679-1689; 1692; 1700; 1702-1706. (2000s) Box of Commandos and Box of Dandy and Jackie comics.



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Usually chronological within series.

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Conditions governing access

Open for consultation subject to preservation requirements. Access must also conform to the restrictions of the Data Protection Act (2018), General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR, 2018) and any other relevant legislation or restrictions. Clinical information is closed for 100 years.

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Reproduction is available subject to preservation requirements. Charges may be made for this service, and copyright and other restrictions may apply; please check with the Duty Archivist.

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MS 340

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Description compiled in line with the following standards: International Council on Archives, ISAD(G) General International Standard Archival Description; International Council on Archives, ISAAR(CPF): International Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons, and Families; National Council on Archives, Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997



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  • English



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