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Karl S. Kaltenthaler Comic Books and Zines Collection


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Karl S. Kaltenthaler Comic Books and Zines Collection, 1954-2008 | MGHL Dowd Modern Graphic History Library

By Jolie Braun

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Title: Karl S. Kaltenthaler Comic Books and Zines Collection, 1954-2008Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

Predominant Dates:(bulk 1988-1998)

ID: MGHL/mghl00015

Primary Creator: Karl S. Kaltenthaler

Extent: 21.0 Linear Feet


Items are arranged according to type and size, and then alphabetically.

The contents of the collection are arranged in six series and three subseries as follows:

Series 1: Comic Books

Subseries 1: Standard-Size Comic Books

Subseries 2: Magazine-Size Comic Books

Subseries 3: Comic Book Anthologies

Series 2: Zines

Series 3: Magazines

Series 4: Graphic Novels

Series 5: Oversize Publications

Series 6: Miscellaneous Materials

The contents of the collection are arranged as follows:

Boxes 1-14: Standard-Size Comic Books

Boxes 15-17: Magazine-Size Comic Books

Box 18; Reference Shelf: Comic Anthologies

Boxes 19-20: Zines

Boxes 21-22: Magazines

Box 23; Reference Shelf: Graphic Novels

Box 24: Oversize Publications, Miscellaneous Materials

Date Acquired: 05/00/2011. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Cartoonists., Comic books, strips, etc., DC Comics, Inc., Graphic novels., Horror comic books, strips, etc., Kaltenthaler, Karl S., Marvel Comics Group., Punk rock music., Underground comic books, strips, etc., War--Comic books, strips, etc., Zines.

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Karl S. Kaltenthaler Collection is comprised of comic books, zines, magazines, graphic novels, and miscellaneous materials. Comic books make up the bulk of the collection with approximately 1,500 items, spanning many genres and styles including superhero comics, war comics, horror comics, and alternative and underground titles. Featured prominently in the collection are some of the most revered and influential comic book artists and writers of the late twentieth century, including Alan Moore, Frank Miller, Neil Gaiman, Robert Crumb, Peter Bagge, and Daniel Clowes. The zines in the collection were published during the the early to mid 1980s, and focus primarily on underground music and punk.

Collection Historical Note

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Karl S. Kaltenthaler was an avid comic book collector, amassing a diverse collection of important late twentieth-century mainstream and underground titles during his lifetime. He died February 25, 2010.

Subject/Index Terms

Comic books, strips, etc.
DC Comics, Inc.
Graphic novels.
Horror comic books, strips, etc.
Kaltenthaler, Karl S.
Marvel Comics Group.
Punk rock music.
Underground comic books, strips, etc.
War--Comic books, strips, etc.

Administrative Information

Repository: MGHL Dowd Modern Graphic History Library

Accruals: There are no accruals.

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions to access.

Use Restrictions:

Some restrictions, please contact the Modern Graphic History Library Curator at (314) 935-7741 or spec@wumail.wustl.edu.

Users of the collection must read and abide by the Rules for the use of Modern Graphic History Library materials.

Users of the collections who wish to use items from this collection, in whole or in part, in any form of publication (as defined in the form) must sign and submit to the Washington University Department of Special Collections a hard copy of the Notification of intent to publish Modern Graphic History Library materials form.

All publication not covered by fair use restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder.

Acquisition Method: The collection was donated to the Modern Graphic History Library by Peg Kaltenthaler in May 2011.

Preferred Citation: Name of the Collection, Washington University Libraries, Department of Special Collections

Processing Information: This collection was processed by Jolie Braun in April 2012.

Finding Aid Revision History: This finding aid was entered into Archon by Jolie Braun in July 2012.

Box and Folder Listing

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[Series 1: Comic Books],
[Series 2: Zines],
[Series 3: Magazines],
[Series 4: Graphic Novels],
[Series 5: Oversize Publications],
[Series 6: Miscellaneous Materials],

Series 4: Graphic NovelsAdd to your cart.
Reference Shelf 1Add to your cart.
Item 1: Absolute Batman: The Long Halloween, 2007 (DC)Add to your cart.
Box 23Add to your cart.
Item 1: Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, 1986 (DC)Add to your cart.
Item 2: Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again 1-3, 2001-2002 (DC)Add to your cart.
Item 3: Batman: The Official Comic Adaptation of the Warner Bros. Motion Picture, 1989 (DC)Add to your cart.
Item 4: Batman: Son of the Demon, 1987 (DC)Add to your cart.
Item 5: Gon on Safari, 2000 (Paradox Press)Add to your cart.
Item 6: Gon Underground, 1999 (Paradox Press)Add to your cart.
Item 7: Hellblazer: Good Intentions, 2002 (Vertigo/DC)Add to your cart.
Item 8: Mondo Popeye, 1988 (St. Martin's Press)Add to your cart.
Item 9: Saga of the Swamp Thing, 1987 (Warner Books)Add to your cart.
Item 10: The Shadow: Blood and Judgment, 2001 (DC)Add to your cart.
Item 11: Sin City, 2001 (Dark Horse)Add to your cart.

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[Series 3: Magazines],
[Series 4: Graphic Novels],
[Series 5: Oversize Publications],
[Series 6: Miscellaneous Materials],

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