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Fowler (Robert) underground comics collection
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Description
Preliminary set of 21 selected titles processed and made available; the entire collection consists of approximately 3966 underground comic books, most in regular or magazine size, with a few oversize, tabloids, minicomics, and digest sized publications. Represented in the collection are thousands of authors. Roughly two-thirds of the collection is single issue comics, with the other third made up of multi-issue series. Topics reflected include politics, sexuality, hippies, classical themes including fantasy or science fiction, and factual topics like biography or history.
Background
Robert Fowler grew up in Los Altos, California and began collecting comics while at the Claremont Colleges (1966-1970), beginning with Zap Comix and the Young Lust series. Fowler started keeping a database of his comics collection between 1977-1980 while working as a computer programmer at Byte Shop #12 in Pasadena. He collected most of his comics between 1980 and 1998, though he continued to collect until 2014.
Extent
5.5 Linear Feet (3 manuscript boxes and 1 flat box)
Restrictions
While Special Collections is the owner of the physical items, permission to examine collection materials is not an authorization to publish. These materials are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. Any transmission or reproduction beyond that allowed by fair use requires permission from the owners of rights, heir(s) or assigns. See: http://library.stanford.edu/spc/using-collections/permission-publish
Availability
Preliminary set of selected titles is open for research; remainder are closed until processed.