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Guide to the Comic Books of the Bronze Age

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1969-1986
Creator: Friedman, Ken
Extent: .
Collection Number: MSC0883
Repository: University of Iowa Special Collections
Summary: COMIC BOOKS. Comic Books of the Bronze Age, 1969-1986, bulk dates 1970-1976.

Access: This collection is open for research.

Use: Copyright restrictions may apply; please consult Special Collections staff for further information.


Preferred Citation: Comic Books of the Bronze Age, The University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, Iowa.

Repository: University of Iowa Special Collections
Address: Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-335-5921
Curator: Greg Prickman

According to its founder Ken Friedman, Fluxus West was established in 1966 to represent the work of the Fluxus group and its members in the Western United States and to promote and care for a wide variety of concerns in contemporary art which at the time represented highly experimental viewpoints in the art world represented by what was then an extremely small group of artists such as George Maciunas, Dick Higgins, Joseph Beuys, Christo, George Brecht, Bob Watts, et. al. The majority of the Fluxus West Collection was originally stored at the Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla, California, and later transferred to The University of Iowa Libraries. Several works from this collection were also shown in the travelling exhibition, Fluxus: A Conceptual Country.

This collection consists of 3.5 linear feet of comic books given to the libraries by Ken Friedman. Note that the issue numbers and date-spans listed in the finding aid for each title indicate the spread of dates for which we possess issues. They do not indicate uninterupted runs.
The University of Iowa is the official repository for the Friedman's works and papers, which are held in the Ken Friedman Archive and Collection.

Other comic book collections in the University of Iowa Special Collections include The ATCA Comics Collection (MsC 780), which consists of Artists' and underground comics 1969-1979; the The Jen Wolfe Collection of Female-Driven Comic Books (MsC 879,) which contains comics from 1948-2006; and The Papers of Thomas Ollive Mabbott Burton Pollin Illustrated Poe Addendum (MsC 429), which includes many comic book editions of Poe's short stories.

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This collection is indexed under the following subject terms.

Twentieth Century Avant-Garde Art
Alternative Traditions in the Contemporary Arts (ATCA)
Comic Books