Stu­dent un­cov­ers rare comics hid­den in uni­ver­sity archive

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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

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