Suzy Covey General Comic Book Collection
Scope and Content
The "general" comic book collection contains 14,677 comic books from 1948 to 2014. The comic book holdings include a variety of prominent comic book publishers (DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Comics, etc.) and lesser-known and independent publishers (First Comics, Valiant Comics, Rip Off Press, etc.). The collection is organized alphabetically with some flexibility given to accommodate published works in a single volume (i.e. Superman, Superman Annual, and Superman Special of Volume 1 would all be sorted together to depict a complete volume before starting Volume 2 of the same series.) The collection is contained in ninety-five boxes holding approximately 140 comics each. Some independent comic books and comic books depicting popular culture themes (Disney comics, Christmas editions, political comics, television, film, underground, etc.) were relocated to "special subject" holdings in the Popular Culture Comic Collection. Notable appearances in this collection include a contribution as a guest writer by Ray Bradbury in the "Alien Encounters" series, Radio Shack promotional comics, as well as depictions of Richard Nixon, Marilyn Monroe, Bill Clinton, Robert Townsend, the 1984 Summer Olympics, a 1930s era NRA emblem, etc. The finding aid includes the title, volume, publication date, publisher, and cover artist (when available) of each comic and includes advertisements for publisher-related and unrelated items. The finding aid only records the first appearance of an advertisement and excludes any duplicated appearance of a specific advertisement. These advertisements range from toys, organizations, education, cinema, music, television, video games, cereal, candy, public service announcements, etc., and provide an excellent insight into the evolving advertisement strategies of the past sixty years.
An excel spreadsheet of the comics can be found here Suzy Covey General Comic Book Collection Inventory.
The collection is open for research.
The Suzy Covey General Comic Book Collection was dedicated in 2008 in memory of Suzy Covey, a respected UF librarian and comic history historian. Her scholarship examined intersections of comics, technology and sound, including internet studies and studies of the Comic Book Markup Language (a specialized XML for encoding the images, text, and sound effects depicted in comics).
The collection directly supports the Comic Studies Program offered by the Department of English at the University of Florida, but its holdings are open to all having an interest in the field. The collection, originally formed from the personal collections of Dr. Donald Ault (Emeritus English professor at the University of Florida) and Penny and Sol Davidson (R. Sol Davidson was awarded the very first PhD in comics from New York University in 1959), is a useful research collection for those interested in the history and development of sequential art formats, particularly in the United States and includes original and reprint comic books, strips, caricatures and related items. The collection holds items from every recognized "Age" of comics as well as every genre, including daily humor strips and political satire as well as superhero, funny animal, and underground comics.
93 Linear feet (95 boxes; 14,677 comic books)
Language of Materials
A representative sampling of popular comic books (various titles, publishers and genres) from the late 1940s through 2014.
University of Florida Smathers Library Building
The foundation of the current collection originated with the transfer of comic book holdings from the Baldwin Children's Book Collection to the University of Florida Popular Culture Collections in 2010. The collection continues to grow with large and small donations from various donors, budget purchases and is supported annually by THE SUZY COVEY COMIC BOOK ENDOWMENT FUND.
- A Guide to the Suzy Covey General Comic Book Collection
- Finding aid created by Patrick Daglaris
- March 2017
- Description rules
- Finding Aid Prepared Using Dacs
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Description is written in English.
Part of the Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida Repository
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