Monday, 23 March 2009

Discovering Comics

Denis Gifford was a comic creator, comics historian, and comic convention organiser who possessed a legendary collection of British comics, and an equally legendary knowledge of them.

His Wikipedia entry tells the shameful story that “despite hints that he might bequeath this vast collection to the country, via the Victoria and Albert Museum or similar, this was broken up and sold off after his death, having been rescued from the black bags of a non-specialist house clearance company”.

He wrote several books about comics and film. In his 1972 book Discovering Comics he gives us a rundown of British comics history from Ally Sloper, through many early comics, up to Eagle and the Marvel reprints of the 1960s.

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