Materials in the Richard Alf Papers document Alf's various entreprenuerial businesses, including his comic book mail order business and store, as well as his
involvment with San Diego Comic-Con, the largest comic and pop culture convention in the world. The collection includes correspondence,
original artwork, publications, business files, and San Diego Comic-Con materials. The collection is divided into four series:
Personal Files, Professional Files, Convention Files, and Audiovisual Recordings.
Richard Alf, a co-founder of Comic-Con, was born in San Diego, California on January 26, 1952. He was an avid comics collector
and at the age of twelve, began buying and selling comics through Rocket's Blast Comicollector (RBCC). In 1968, he published and distributed his own list of comics for sale. Two years later, he sold his mail-order business
in order to attend the University of California, San Diego (1970-1972), and later San Diego State University (1972-1974).
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