Special Collections and Archives is delighted to exhibit over 40 comic books selected from the recent and very generous donations of UCSC alumni James Gunderson and Peter Coha that form the Gunderson-Coha Marvel Comics Collection. Other items on exhibit have been drawn from existing library holdings.
Marie Severin is a comic book artist best known for her work as a colorist at EC in the 1950s and as an artist at Marvel in the 1960s through the 1990s. Her first major penciling assignment was the Doctor Strange series in Marvel’s Strange Tales, followed by stories featuring the Hulk, Sub-Mariner and Kull. She is the first woman to have been inducted into the Will Eisner Comics Hall of Fame.
According to Gunderson, “Marie Severin was a real pioneer in the mid-20th Century comic book industry, and many of the comics presented in the exhibit were part of the dramatic rebirth of superhero characters in American comics in the 1960s, and in film and television today. She is also one of the most beloved creators of caricature and satire in the comic books of the 1960s and 1970s.”
This exhibit has been conceived, supported and virtually curated by Jim Gunderson. Not only did he donate most of the materials, but he also commissioned the comic book catalogue, donated the exhibit cases and provided all the information about Marie Severin’s work.
His tireless efforts, as well as those of Special Collections and Digital Initiatives staff and Special Collections students are much appreciated. A special thank you goes to Ashlynn Prasad for selecting and installing the comics on display.
Head of Special Collections and Archives