"All Lurid, Unsavory, Gruesome Illustrations Shall Be Eliminated: The Comics Code as seen through the UMBC Comics Collection," currently on display in the Special Collections Department of the Albin O. Kuhn Library at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, is a chance to see how self-censorship shaped the way comic books have developed over the past 70 years. Visitors will see rare pre-Code, Silver Age, and underground titles as well as non-Code magazines and modern graphic novels.
Also part of the exhibit is rarely seen original 1970s comic book art from legendary artists such as Jack Kirby, Joe Sinnott and John Romita, Sr. Recently unearthed from the Special Collections vault, these pieces have rarely been seen in public. Shown with their published counterparts, the works provide a fascinating insight into the comic book production process.
The exhibit runs until May 16th. An opening reception will be held Wednesday, March 14th, from 12-1pm. Special Collections is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 1-4 pm, and Thursdays from 1-8 pm. Other weekday hours are available by appointment- call 410-455-2353. More information on UMBC's Special Collections can be found at http://aok.lib.umbc.edu/specoll/ .
Special Collections Student Assistant
Albin O. Kuhn Library, UMBC