Rare copy of precursor to the first American comic book added to VCU Libraries’ Comic Arts Collection

Cindy Jackson, library specialist for comic arts for Special Collections and Archives, displays VCU Libraries’ copy of “Famous Funnies: A Carnival of Comics.”

VCU Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives has acquired a rare copy of “Famous Funnies: A Carnival of Comics,” which was printed in 1933 and was the precursor of what is considered to be the first American comic book.

“All modern comic books descend from ‘Famous Funnies’ and VCU is very fortunate to receive such a pristine copy of this historically significant comic,” said Yuki Hibben, assistant head and curator of books and art, Special Collections and Archives in James Branch Cabell Library. “This addition enhances the research value and comprehensiveness of VCU Libraries’ Comic Arts Collection.”

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