It only seems appropriate that one of the largest and most academically accomplished universities in the nation also has the largest comic collection. With over 300,000 original cartoons, 45,000 books, and 2.5 million comic strip clippings (cartoons.osu.edu), the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum at the Ohio State University has the largest collection of comics and cartoon art in the world! The comics can be found in a 30,000 square foot space located within the newly renovated Sullivant Hall. Some of the most popular pieces include Peanuts, Calvin and Hobbes, Blondie, Dick Tracy, Mickey Mouse, Superman, Doonesbury, Spider-Man, Pogo, and many more. The exhibits are aimed at adults and children alike.
The collection began when OSU graduate and cartoonist Milton Caniff (Terry and the Pirates) donated his collection to the university in 1977. Then, the collection was housed within the journalism department. Over the next couple of decades, Ohio State continued to receive comics and cartoons from other large institutions. In 2009, the university renamed the museum from “The Cartoon Library and Museum” to “The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum”. The museum is named after Chillicothe native and cartoonist Billy Ireland.
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