Library of Congress acquires its largest donation of comic books ever
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Library of Congress acquires its largest donation of comic books ever

THE LIBRARY of Congress has acquired its largest donation ever of comic books, as well as other pop-culture memorabilia, from early Mickey Mouse storyboards to collectibles that date back to the dawn of American newspaper comics. The impressive acquisition, which is set to be announced Wednesday, comes courtesy of Baltimore-based collector and entrepreneur Stephen A. Geppi, who is donating more than 3,000 items from his holdings, many spanning the eight-decade history of the American comic-book industry. His Mickey Mouse storyboards are from the Jazz-Age animated short “Plane Crazy,” which was inspired by Charles Lindbergh. Other items include printing blocks from Richard Outcault’s fin-de-siecle comic-strip character the Yellow Kid, Beatles memorabilia and a No. 2 Brownie camera model F from Eastman Kodak, the library says. The donation — which the library says it is valuing “in the millions” — was born out of months of conversations between Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, who champions ways in which the public might view the library’s scope anew, and Geppi, who opened Geppi’s Entertainment Museum in Baltimore in 2006. “As I have interacted with people in our buildings and at other libraries across the country, I have found that when you tell them […]

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