Collection MS 352 - John McShane comic collection

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MS 352


John McShane comic collection


  • 1949-1999 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

4 boxes, 5 Disney folders, 2 large volumes, 4 small loose books, 1 Bogie Man box, 1 box of Eagle comics

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Name of creator

Biographical history

John McShane is one of the founding members of one of the longest running comics societies in Europe, which still meets every month in Glasgow and Edinburgh. The group spawned the acclaimed and much quoted magazine AKA, regular comic marts, and a comic convention among whose guests were Marv Wolfman and Will Eisner. With his business partners, John went on to create AKA Books & Comics, the shop Mark Millar says got him addicted to the medium. The shop continues under the name A1, whilst John now co-runs Plan B Books, Glasgow's first dedicated graphic novel shop. John and George Jackson (of the group Ossian) created Fat Man Press to publish the ever-popular The Bogie Man by John Wagner, Alan Grant, and Robin Smith. John was also appointed publisher of Trident Comics and helped found the original Toxic. He is also the creator of the comic strip Jimmy the Zombie and has written a number of essays, reviews, and short stories, as well as several short films.

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Scope and content

Books on comics/art, comics and compilations including Disney, Krazy Kat, and other comics. A collection of Bogie Man comics and old eagle comics without covers.


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System of arrangement

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.

Conditions governing reproduction

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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Books, scripts, Bogie man drafts, CDs, translations

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Biography came from John McShane himself. Row E Bay 3 shelf 2, 3, 4

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MS 352

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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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