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O'Neill, Dan Comic Art Archive
BANC PIC 2013.022  
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  • Content Description
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Biographical Note

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: The Bancroft Library
    Title: Dan O’Neill comic art archive
    creator: O'Neill, Dan
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC PIC 2013.022
    Physical Description: approximately 2000 items in 9 oversize boxes, 13 oversize folders (ca. 2,000 items), 1 envelope and 1 frame + 1 box (correspondence) : chiefly ink drawings, some color ; various sizes
    Date (inclusive): approximately 1963-2010
    Abstract: This collection constitutes the entirety of Dan O'Neill's personal collection of his work that remained in his possession as of 2012. The majority of items are original drawings, numbering 1,517, for the Odd Bodkins comic strip, which ran from 1964 through 1970.
    Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.

    Content Description

    This collection constitutes the entirety of Dan O'Neill's personal collection of his work that remained in his possession as of 2012. The majority of items are original drawings, numbering 1,517, for the Odd Bodkins comic strip, which ran from 1964 through 1970. Some later Odd Bodkins sketches are also present. Also includes approximately 170 drawings and several prints representing his strip titled "O'Neill" (1980-1985); a small amount of material related to the comic books "Mickey Mouse Meets the Air Pirates" (aka "Air Pirates Funnies no. 1") and "Dan O'Neill's Comics"; drawings, prints, mockups and other material pertaining to The Log of the Irish Navy, The Collective Unconscience of Odd Bodkins and other publications; posters promoting support of the Mouse Liberation Front and O'Neill's legal battles with Disney; miscellaneous sketches and prints; 18 drawings by other artists collected by O'Neill (e.g. Crabman, David H. Pierce, Jim Cornelius, Fred Rhoads, Shary Flenniken, Campbell, R.L. Crabb and Gary King); and copies of 2 publications by O'Neill: Big yellow drawing book and Buy this book of Odd bodkins. Also includes 7 undated sketchbooks containing drawings, poems and other writings; and a series of illustrated love letters written by O'Neill to Denise Sporer in the summer of 1973.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Collection is open for research. Negatives available by appointment only.

    Conditions Governing Use

    Some materials in these collections may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of University of California gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley 94720-6000. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Dan O'Neill comic art archive, BANC PIC 2013.022, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    The Dan O'Neill Comic Art Archive was purchased from Dan O'Neill, via Bolerium Books, in 2013.

    Biographical Note

    Born April 21, 1942. Underground cartoonist; creator of Odd Bodkins comic strip; co-founder of Air Pirates comics collective; central figure in well-publicized protracted lawsuit by the Walt Disney Company prompted by the Air Pirates' parodies of Mickey Mouse and other Disney characters.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Cartoons
    Comics
    Sketchbooks
    Love letters
    Drawings
    Mickey Mouse (Fictitious character) -- Parodies, imitations, etc.
    O'Neill, Dan