Rare Books and Special Collections staff have trawled the comic universes to present you with The Weirdest of the Weird – a selection of the most puzzling, convoluted, underwhelming, and bizarre comic heroes of all time. Meet Ragman, Infectious Lass, Skateman, Snowflame, and a host of intriguing others in our latest exhibition.
Rest assured, with your brains and the Library’s science fiction collection, we’ve got a kazillion themes to base your thesis on! But be warned, with over 1,500 comic titles from the 1930s to the 1980s you may be shocked at how many super heroes it takes to protect the cosmos…
Comics are a natural way to communicate. If you can draw a picture, you can tell a story.
By Julie Price
When: 8 February – 31 August 2016
Where: Fisher Library F03; Level 2 Exhibition space
Everybody knows what a comic is. We’ve all read them, laughed at them and enjoyed them. A few well-chosen images can transport meaning across language barriers.
Threads of humour are teased from many situations: political circuses; the foibles of gender; even war, as soldiers entertaining themselves find domestic appreciation for larrikin humour. So many strands to spin a chuckle from be it an ocker, a Major, a gumnut, the Little Boy from Manly; all have made Australians laugh through the years. What was true throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries holds true now – any newspaper that wants to be taken seriously simply must run a cartoon or two.
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