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bulk 1954-1978


Unknown, probably various; found in collection


0.9 Cubic feet ((2 boxes))


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Collection descriptions

Archival materials

Comic books

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of comic books dating from the 1950s through the 1970s, collected from various sources. Many of the titles are space or science fiction themed. Titles include Action Comics, Astounding Stories, Dan Dare, Dennis the Menace, Flying Saucer Comics, Mystery in Space, Superman, and Weird Science.

Included are adaptations of movies and television programs, including "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," "The Invaders," "The Jetsons," "Lost in Space" ("Space Family Robinson"), "Men into Space," "The Mouse that Roared," "Space 1999," "Star Trek," "Star Wars," "Thunderbirds," and "The Twilight Zone."

Also included are adaptations of classic novels, including H. G. Wells' The First Men in the Moon and War of the Worlds, and Jules Verne's From the Earth to the Moon, Master of the World and Off on a Comet.

Foreign language comics include examples in French, German, Japanese, Spanish, and Thai. The collection includes one copy, from 1973, of Mad magazine.


Comic books


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Topics Science fiction
Popular culture


Comic Book Collection, Accession XXXX-1114, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

Archival Repository

National Air and Space Museum Archives