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Comic Book, "Action Comics"

Publisher:
Action Comics
Author:
Siegel, Jerry
Artist:
Shuster, Joe
Maker:
Siegel, Jerry
Shuster, Joe
Action Comics
Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 10 in x 6 1/2 in; 25.4 cm x 16.51 cm
Object Name:
book, comic
comic book
Place Made:
United States: New York, New York
Date made:
1940
Date made:
1939
Subject:
Superman
Comics
Expositions and Fairs
1939 exhibit
Popular Entertainment
Art
Event:
New York World's Fair (1939)
ID Number:
1988.3095.33
Catalog number:
1988.3095.33
.33
Nonaccession number:
1988.3095
Description (Brief):
This is an "Action Comics" Comic Book featuring Superman.
Superman’s June 1938 appearance in Action Comics No. 1 gave birth to the superhero genre. Superman used his extraordinary powers to fight for “truth and justice.” The character’s popularity led to the creation of other costumed crime fighters such as Batman and Captain Marvel.
Location:
Currently not on view
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Culture and the Arts: Entertainment
1939 exhibit
Data Source:
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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The Lonesome Mrs. K. [Comic.]

Creator:
Lever Brothers Company
Artist:
Dorne, Albert
Physical description:
1 item col. 17.5 x 24.5 cm
Type:
Comics
Print advertising
Topic:
Women
Baths
Telephone
Local number:
245119
Ivorydata4 976
0300600188 (Scan No.)
Summary:
Caption: "The Lonesome Mrs. K." Comic strip style ad featuring women playing cards. For Lifebuoy Soap
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Soap series, Warshaw Collection of Business Americana 1838-1953
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH
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Superman Comic Book Collection, ca. 1930s-1985

Cartoonist:
Shuster, Joseph
Siegel, Jerry
Illustrator:
Austin, Terry
Author:
Lowther, George
Salkind, Alexander
Donor:
D.C. Comics Inc.
Collector:
Community Life, Div. of, NMAH, SI
Subject:
Superman (Fictitious character)
Physical description:
0.3 cubic feet: 2 boxes
Type:
Scripts (documents)
Collection descriptions
Novels
Letters (correspondence)
Screenplays
Date:
1930
1985
ca 1930s-1985
1930-1990
1940-1950
1920-1930
1970-1980
Topic:
Comic books
Comic strips
Heroes
Cartoonists
Superman (Fictitious character) in mass media
Local number:
1988.3084 (NMAH Acc.)
Notes:
The Superman character was created and illustrated in the 1930s by two Cleveland high school students, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. At first unable to achieve publication as a comic strip, they got the character incorporated into a 1938 comic book, which was an immediate success. Since then Superman has been syndicated widely in newspapers, books, radio and TV programs, movies and animated cartoons. The character has been extensively used in commercial and public interest advertising campaigns
Cite as:
Superman Comic Book Collection, ca. 1930s-1985, Archives Center, National Museum ofAmerican History
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH
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Martin M. Branner Collection of the "Winnie Winkle" Comic Strip, 1920-1961

Donor:
Branner, Martin M
Collector:
Graphic Arts, Division of (NMAH, SI)
Subject:
Winkle, Winnie (Fictitious character)
Physical description:
8 cu. ft.: 28 bound volumes in 20 boxes
Type:
Reproductions
Collection descriptions
Scrapbooks
Comics
Clippings
Date:
1920
1920-1961
1920-1970
20th century
Topic:
Cartoonists
Comic books, strips, etc
Cartoon characters
Caricatures and cartoons
Local number:
276183 (NMAH Acc)
Notes:
"Winnie Winkle, the Breadwinner" was a comic strip written and drawn by Martin M. Branner. The main character is Winnie Winkle, "a poor, but pretty working goil, [who] is struggling to support her little family." The concept was an untraditional one at the time of the strip's first appearance in 1920. The strip lasted in daily and Sunday newspapers until 1961
Summary:
28 scrapbooks containing proofs and newspaper clippings (i.e., reproductions) of the comic strip "Winnie Winkle" from 37 complete years (1920, 1922-45, 1950-61) of daily black-and-white strips and color Sunday editions.This material is of significance as the cartoonist's own collection of his work
Cite as:
Martin M. Branner Collection of the "Winnie Winkle" Comic Strip, 1920-1961, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH
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Blondie comic strip

Licensee:
King Features Syndicate, Inc.
Medium:
paper; ink
Dimensions:
Overall: 3.9 x 13.1cm (1 1/2 x 5 3/16in.)
Type:
Art
Place:
United States of America
Date:
July 15, 1986
Object number:
1992.2057.1
Description:
This is original art panel for the comic strip “Blondie.” It features one of the strip’s most common situations, Dagwood rushing to work and colliding with Mr. Beasley, the letter carrier. The panel is signed "Young & Drake.”
The “Blondie” comic strip began on September 8, 1930. On February 17, 1933, Blondie married Dagwood Bumstead, and the comic began to take on the form it continues to have today. Chic Young (1901-1973) was the strip’s original cartoonist. After Young’s death, his son Dean worked with Jim Raymond and Stan Drake, among others, to keep the strip going.
The letter carrier Mr. Beasley became a regular on the strip not long after Dagwood and Blondie married. In 1995 the U.S. Postal Service recognized the strip’s place in American comic history by adding it to the “Comic Strip Classics” series of U.S. stamps.
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National Postal Museum Collection
Data Source:
National Postal Museum
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Blondie comic strip

Licensee:
King Features Syndicate, Inc.
Medium:
paper; ink
Dimensions:
Overall: 5.5 x 16.1cm (2 3/16 x 6 3/8in.)
Type:
Art
Place:
United States of America
Date:
July 1, 1992
Object number:
1992.2057.3
Description:
This cartoon features Blondie’s husband, Dagwood, rushing to work. In this strip, he collides with the substitute letter carrier who is taking the place of the regular carrier. It is an original piece of art work for the "Blondie" cartoon and is signed "Young & Drake.”
Chic Young (1901-1973) began drawing the “Blondie” comic strip on September 8, 1930. On February 17, 1933, Blondie married Dagwood Bumstead, and the comic began taking on the form it has to this today. After Young’s death, his son Dean worked with Jim Raymond and Stan Drake, among others, to keep the strip going. In 1995, the U.S. Postal Service recognized the strip’s place in American comic history by adding it to the “Comic Strip Classics” series of US stamps.
Reference:
Horn, Maurice, editor. The World Encyclopedia of Comics, New York: Chelsea House, 1976, p. 118, 175.
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National Postal Museum Collection
Data Source:
National Postal Museum
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Blondie comic strip

Licensee:
King Features Syndicate, Inc.
Medium:
paper; ink
Dimensions:
Overall: 5.5 x 16.3cm (2 3/16 x 6 3/8in.)
Type:
Art
Place:
United States of America
Date:
April 25, 1992
Object number:
1992.2057.2
Description:
This “Blondie” comic strip features the letter carrier Mr. Beasley, a character who has appeared regularly in the strip since the early 1930s. This feature plays off the famous phrase “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” It also shows the letter carrier noting with fear that “lightening is a whole different ball-game.” Not an official postal service motto, the first sentence was engraved on the James A. Farley post office building in New York City by the building’s architects.
Chic Young (1901-1973) began drawing the “Blondie” comic strip on September 8, 1930. On February 17, 1933, Blondie married Dagwood Bumstead, and the comic began taking the form it has to this today. After Young’s death, his son Dean worked with Jim Raymond and Stan Drake, among others, to keep the strip going. In 1995 the U.S. Postal Service recognized the strip’s place in American comic history by adding it to the 'Comic Strip Classics' series of U.S. stamps.
Resource:
Horn, Maurice, editor. The World Encyclopedia of Comics, New York: Chelsea House, 1976, p. 118, 175.
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National Postal Museum Collection
Data Source:
National Postal Museum
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Founding Fragments - Political Comic Books

Creator:
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Type:
Conversations and talks
YouTube Videos
Uploaded:
2014-01-13T17:21:08.000Z
Metadata Updated:
2014-12-11T20:49:43.000Z
Topic:
American History
YouTube Category:
Education
Views:
1664
Video Title:
Founding Fragments - Political Comic Books
Description:
Before television became widespread, political candidates used any means available to bring their message to potential voters. In the mid-20th century, this included a medium that has all but disappeared today: the political comic book. Host Tory Altman talks with curator Larry Bird about the Museum's collection of these unique artifacts. The "Founding Fragments" video series gets up close and personal with historical treasures in the collection of the National Museum of American History. Subscribe to our channel to find out about future episodes, or learn more at http://americanhistory.si.edu/connect/founding-fragments. Written, directed, and edited by Kent Chadwick
Video Duration:
419 seconds
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SmithsonianAmHistory
YouTube Channel:
SmithsonianAmHistory
Data Source:
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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1 World Manga [fighting AIDS], 2006 [color comic book]

Artist:
Ng, Leandro
Physical description:
Ink on paper
1 item, 8.2" x 5.6"
Type:
Manga (comic books)
Comic books
Place:
Japan
Date:
2006
21st century
Topic:
Horses
HIV and AIDS
HIV Positive
Gay rights
LGBT
Homosexuality
Sexuality
Sexual minorities
Diseases
Local number:
AC1146-0000044.tif (AC Scan No.: cover)
Summary:
Story by Annette Roman, ink by Walden Wong. Cover depicts a boy and girl riding a fierce-looking horse with a large long tail
Cite as:
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Collection
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH
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Coulton Waugh Dickie Dare comic strip, "Satan's deflation"

Creator:
Waugh, Coulton, 1896-1973
Physical description:
1 drawing : ink ; 18 x 65 cm
Type:
Artworks
Date:
between 1934 and 1958
Topic:
Comic books, strips, etc.
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)15905
Summary:
Dates based on Waugh's time working on the Dickie Dare comic strip.
Original ink drawing dated 4-22.
Penciled note in upper right corner gives title: Satan's deflation.
Additional note (crossed out) reads: Devil in a double.
Three-panel strip shows Dickie going to join Dan in a fistfight with the Black Devil.
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Coulton Waugh and Waugh family papers, 1751-1974, bulk 1838-1974
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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Coulton Waugh Hank comic strip

Creator:
Waugh, Coulton, 1896-1973
Physical description:
1 drawing : ink ; 16 x 54 cm
Type:
Artworks
Date:
1945
Topic:
Comic books, strips, etc.
Soldiers
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)15901
Summary:
Date based on duration of the comic strip.
Four panel strip showing Hank getting into an altercation with a fellow G.I.
Strip is presumed to have been drawn by Waugh, although the third panel has an insert with two names written: Robert Burwick and Bruce Currie.
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Coulton Waugh and Waugh family papers, 1751-1974, bulk 1838-1974
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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Coulton Waugh Hank comic strip

Creator:
Waugh, Coulton, 1896-1973
Physical description:
Clipping : 1 p. : ill. ; 58 x 34 cm.
Type:
Printed/Published Materials
Date:
1945 July 16
Topic:
Comic books, strips, etc.
Soldiers
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)15895
Summary:
Strip published by PM Syndicate newspaper.
Hank goes for a night on the town at the Snork Club and receives a proposition from Bolinda Odell.
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Coulton Waugh and Waugh family papers, 1751-1974, bulk 1838-1974
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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Coulton Waugh Hank comic strip

Physical description:
Clipping : 1 p. : ill. ; 58 x 34 cm
Type:
Printed/Published Materials
Date:
1945 August 13
Topic:
Comic books, strips, etc.
Soldiers
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)15899
Summary:
Strip published by PM Syndicate newspaper.
Shows the characters Bolinda Odell, Blister, and Hank at a meeting of an organization called Veterans Forward.
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Coulton Waugh and Waugh family papers, 1751-1974, bulk 1838-1974
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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Coulton Waugh Dickie Dare comic strip, "Trader Ho, friend or foe?"

Physical description:
1 drawing : ink ; 18 x 29 cm
Type:
Artworks
Date:
between 1934 and 1958
Topic:
Comic books, strips, etc.
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)15902
Summary:
Dates based on Waugh's time working on the Dickie Dare comic strip.
Original ink drawing dated 7-10.
Penciled note in upper right corner gives title: Trader Ho, friend or foe?
Two panel strip in which Dickie meets Trader Ho, a ship's captain.
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Coulton Waugh and Waugh family papers, 1751-1974, bulk 1838-1974
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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Artwork for the Brain Boy comic book, circa 1962

Creator:
Springer, Frank 1929-2009
Physical description:
1 sheet ; 23 x 14.5 inches
Type:
Comic books
Collection descriptions
Drawings
Date:
1962
circa 1962
Local number:
NAA MS 1999-19
Notes:
The comic Brain Boy featured the adventures of Matt Price, an undercover agent with psychic powers who worked for a clandestine branch of the Secret Service called the Organization of Active Anthropologists
Summary:
An original page of artwork for the "Brain Boy" comic book (No. 3, Page 3, December-February 1963), signed by Frank Springer (the artist or inker). Reverse side is stamped "Dell Comics."
Cite as:
Manuscript 1999-19, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Data Source:
National Anthropological Archives
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Bracero Reading Comic Book

Photographer:
Nadel, Leonard
Object Name:
negative
Place Made:
United States: California
Date photographed:
1956
Subject:
Photography
Mexican
Immigration
Bracero
Work
Migration
Agriculture
Migrant Workers
Government, Politics, and Reform
Leonard Nadel
Event:
Bracero Program
ID Number:
2004.0138.35.04
Accession number:
2004.0138
Catalog number:
2004.0138.35.04
Description:
Photograph: A bracero lies in his bed and reads a comic book at a camp in California.
Location:
Currently not on view
See more items in:
Work and Industry: Work
Leonard Nadel
Data Source:
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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Miss Fly comic strip

Creator:
Bransom, Paul, 1885-1979
Physical description:
Clipping : 1 p. : ill. ; 11 x 16 cm.
Type:
Printed/Published Materials
Date:
ca. 1905
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)8786
See more items in:
Paul Bransom papers, 1862-1985, bulk 1904-1979
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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Miss Fly comic strip

Creator:
Bransom, Paul, 1885-1979
Physical description:
Clipping : 1 p. : ill. ; 12 x 28 cm.
Type:
Printed/Published Materials
Date:
ca. 1905
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)8787
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Paul Bransom papers, 1862-1985, bulk 1904-1979
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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Snuffy Smith comic strip

Artist:
Fred Lasswell
Medium:
paper; ink
Dimensions:
13.3 x 34.9 cm (5 1/4 x 13 3/4 in.)
Type:
Art
Place:
United States of America
Date:
February 3, 1984
Object number:
1993.2045.2
Description:
This "Barney Google and Snuffy Smith" comic strip was published on February 3, 1984. In this panel, which was donated to the museum for its inaugural exhibits, the letter carrier takes the only piece of mail for an address, an advertising flyer, and turns it into a paper airplane, sending the flying flyer into the house.
Cartoonist Fred Lasswell wrote and drew the strip for almost sixty years, although the strip itself is older than that. Originally created in 1919 by cartoonist Billy DeBeck, it continues to appear in newspapers and is one of the longest-running comic strips in history.
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National Postal Museum Collection
Data Source:
National Postal Museum
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Verna G. Patterson Comic Book Collection, 1901-1917

Donor:
Patterson, Verna G (Mrs. Curtis B.)
Collector:
Community Life, Div. of, NMAH, SI
Subject:
Brown, Buster (fictional character)
Physical description:
0.5 cubic ft.: 2 boxes: 16 items
Type:
Cartoons (humorous images)
Collection descriptions
Comic books
Date:
1901
1901-1917
1910-1920
20th century
Topic:
Entertainment
Local number:
1984.3040 (NMAH Acc.)
Summary:
Collection includes several turn of the century favorites, predominantly consisting of "Buster Brown" comics but containing other examples as well
Cite as:
Verna G. Patterson Comic Book Collection, 1901-1917, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH
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