Collection MS 447 - Laing Comics Collection

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MS 447


Laing Comics Collection


  • 1941-1955 (Creation)

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165 comics

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Biographical history

Dell Publishing got its start in pulp magazines and then created the branch of Dell Comics. It was popular from 1929 to 1974. At its peak it was considered one of the largest and most successful comic publishers in the world boasting in 1953 to be selling over 26 million comic per month. This is largely due to the comics scare in the early 1950s led by psychologist Fredrick Wertham. Instead of adopting the Comics Code in 1954 Dell created their own slogan for parents that "Dell Comics are Good Comics". The Gilbertson Company published adaptations of famous novels into comics including those by authors Walter Scott Robert Louis Stevenson and Mary Shelley. By the time of the Comics Code in 1954 these comics were the only ones largely unregulated because they came from literature and were deemed educational rather than creating child delinquents.

Archival history

The Laing family had bought and kept the comics which were inherited by the depositor.

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Scope and content

A wide variety of Dell Comics and comics published by the Gilbertson Company. The Dell comics include western, Disney, and Looney Toons titles. The Gilbertson Company published Classics Illustrated and Classic Comics, based on classic literature.


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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.

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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MS 447

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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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