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Comic Books and Graphic Resources at The New York Public Library: Introduction


Comic books and graphic novels have long been popular with a wide range of readers and influential for many in creative endeavors. These graphic works have become an important means of artistic and literary innovation, while gaining long overdue scholarly and academic attention.

Over the past few decades, the popularity of comic books and graphic novels has significantly risen…Up, Up and Away!

The New York Public Library offers an extensive collection of titles that shed light on the historical and cultural significance that comic books and graphic novels have had on American culture.

This guide will concentrate on material that is located in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.




 Superman # 1, created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, 1939. 

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Elizabeth Rutigliano