Student uncovers rare comics hidden in university archive
RARE early-edition comics have been found among thousands catalogued at a university library.
A copy of Punch magazine – credited with first making cartoons popular – dating from the 1800s was discovered at the University of Dundee along with rare DC and Marvel comics and early drafts of DC Thomson publications.
American PhD student Hailey Austin, who made the find while searching archives, said: “They are not only historically significant but invaluable for students and enthusiasts, especially those studying comics here in Dundee.
“We have Punch comics from 1895 donated by the late Stephanie Wolfe Murray, the pioneering female publisher who founded Canongate. These sit alongside thousands of DC comics donated to the university by famous Scottish comics writer Grant Morrison.”
Ms Austin, 24, created an online catalogue for the collection and also led the design of a comic telling the story of the collection.
She said: “Naturally being a comics PhD student, my first thought was to create a free comic that would highlight exactly what the university’s Archives and Museum Services have to offer.
“These are amazingly valuable to comics students as they are integral to the creative process and are tough to get your hands on.”
A Punch magazine cover