Library to Host Press Preview for New Display of Iconic Popular Art and Comics 

The Library of Congress will open a new display of select items from the Stephen A. Geppi Collection of Comics and Graphic Arts from Nov. 6, 2018, through Feb. 11, 2019, in the Great Hall of the historic Thomas Jefferson Building,10 First St., SE, Washington, DC.  Media are invited to preview these items and more from the collection on Tuesday, Oct. 30.  

 Who:             Entrepreneur Stephen A. Geppi, who donated the multimillion-dollar gift

                       David Mandel, Director, Center for Exhibits and Interpretation, Library of Congress

Library curators from the Prints and Photographs Division, the Serial and Government Publication
Division and the Rare Book and Special Collections Division

What:             Press preview of “New Acquisition: The Stephen A. Geppi Collection of Comics and Graphic
Arts.” The preview will also provide a glimpse of several collection items that will not be on
display, but available to researchers in the Library’s reading rooms on Capitol Hill.  Preview
highlights include:

  • Original storyboard for the creation of Mickey Mouse;
  • Joe Simon’s concept drawing for the superhero Captain America, created in 1940 in reaction to WWII;
  • Prototype for the first action figure G.I. Joe, developed during the Vietnam War in 1964;
  • The American Comic Almanac, Vol. 1, No. 3 (1833);
  • “Mickey Mouse, the Mail Pilot,” one of the first true Big Little Books (1933);
  • Popeye Daily Dime Bank (1956);
  • “Superman Krypto-Raygun” (1940);
  • “Captain Marvel Club,” welcome letter and envelope written in code with code key.

When:           Tuesday, Oct. 30
10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Where:         Members Room
Thomas Jefferson Building
Library of Congress
10 First St., SE, Washington, DC

Background:

On May 30, 2018, Stephen A. Geppi donated more than 3,000 items from his phenomenal and vast personal collection of comic books and popular art, the largest donation of its kind in the Library’s history.  The multimillion-dollar gift includes comic books, original art, photos, posters, newspapers, buttons, pins, badges and related materials. The collection is a remarkable and comprehensive assemblage of popular art.  It includes a wide range of rare comics and represents the best of the Golden, Silver and Bronze ages of comic books.  The mint-condition collection is also noted for its racially and socially diverse content as well as the distinctive creative styles of each era.  More information can be found at
https://www.loc.gov/item/prn-18-072/library-receives-donation-of-popular-art-valued-in-the-millions/2018-05-30/.

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Library to Host Press Preview for New Display of Iconic Popular Art and Comics  The Library of Congress will open a new display of select items from the Stephen A. Geppi Collection of Comics and Graphic Arts from Nov. 6, 2018, through Feb. 11, 2019, in the Great Hall of...