Comic Book Collection
For more than sixty years, the Library of Congress has acquired
comic books through copyright deposit. The current collection of
6,000 titles, probably the largest in the United States, contains
approximately one hundred thousand pieces and is growing by about
two hundred issues each month. Represented in the collection is
the entire range of comic-book subject matter: western, science
fiction, detective, adventure, war, romance, horror, and humor.
Although scattered issues date from the late 1930s, the holdings
are most comprehensive from 1950 to the present. Action Comics, Archie, Detective
Comics, Tarzan, and Wonder Woman are among
those with fairly complete runs. A card catalog of holdings, by
title, is maintained in the Newspaper
and Current Periodical Reading Room. Also, comic book records are
being added to the online
Because of the rapid deterioration of the paper and the value of
older issues, full access to the
comic book collection is restricted to readers engaged in serious
Comic book fiche available in the Newspaper and Current Periodical Reading Room.
How to request comic books in the Newspaper and Current Periodical Reading Room.