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Government Comics online archive

Richard Graham at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has put together an online collection of 183 government comic books – i.e. comics commissioned by the the U.S. Government to educate and inform the general public. Charlie Brown, Yogi, Dagwood and many other well known characters show up in these booklets, as well as obscure work by Walt Kelly, Dr. Seuss, Will Eisner, Al Capp, etc. All of it is downloadable via PDF files. Absolutely worth a browse during your off time over the Christmas holidays. Here’s the link.

(Thanks, Mark Bieraugel)

  • Nice choice for the main image :)

  • Holy moly! Great find!
    This one surprised me: A comic by Dennis Kitchen ( Garbage Pail Kids, Nard -n- Pat, founder of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund ) done in 1975, with Peter Poplaski!


    Those crazy underground comics kids, workin’ for the MAN!

  • Chris

    WOW!!! Double WOW!!!

  • I love these government comics!

  • Jay Sabicer

    I remember reading that Andy Capp comic on a national parks trip my family made in 1975! The government could never get away with such a thing these days, a womanizing alcoholic (not even AMERICAN one) whose strip also had undertones of spousal abuse.

  • This is GOLD! Thank you!

  • doug holverson

    You got to love the Internet. Even more delightful surprises like this to waste your time.

    I’ll be glomming on to the Li’l Abner ones. Among others.

    I’m amused at how much fanzine level art that the Government commissioned.

    And I remember those Archie influenced fan-service army vehicle maintenance comics. Back when I was in high school (and Disco dominated Top 40 AM Radio,) my art teacher, who was in the Guard, would show me a few of those from his stash. I particularly remembered a Star Wars themed one back when that seemed like that year’s big fad.

    BTW, Iowa State University has a big stash of Underground Comics in their library’s Special Archives, thanks to a prankish donor that said that they would have to take these to get some stuff that they really wanted. This also includes a whole lot of ’80s Small Press hand-me-downs from Clay Gerdes. That should hold a few embarrassments, like the 1982 early Captain Saucers. ;)