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'Pain' Ends as Massive Cartoon Cargo Arrives in Ohio

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'Pain' Ends as Massive Cartoon Cargo Arrives in Ohio

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When a trio of big trucks rumbled from Connecticut to Ohio this summer, their cargo contained more than a century of cartoon history. That three-part load was the International Museum of Cartoon Art (IMCA) collection of 200,000 comics, editorial cartoons, and other items. These pieces were joining the Ohio State University Cartoon Research Library (CRL), which has 250,000 cartoon originals and many other visual artifacts of its own.

Together, they comprise what might be the world's largest cartoon repository.

"It's been a wonderful feeling to unpack boxes and see what's inside," says CRL Curator/Ohio State Professor Lucy Shelton Caswell, noting that one big highlight is an 1897 original of R.F. Outcault's "Hogan's Alley" -- the Yellow Kid-starring feature considered the first modern newspaper comic.

IMCA founder/"Beetle Bailey" creator Mort Walker is relieved the collection finally has a permanent home. "I'm happy that Lucy and the library are in charge of it," he tells E&P. …

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