Celebrate the 75th anniversary of the syndication of the comic strip Alley Oop with an exhibition drawing from The V.T. Hamlin Collection and The Comic Art Collection. The exhibit will explore the evolution of the strip, as well as its place in the history of the comic art medium and American culture. Personal photographs, correspondence, original artwork, daily and Sunday strips from as far back as 1933, books, and various other ephemera will be on display.
While the stimulus for the exhibition is the anniversary of the Alley Oop comic strip, the exhibit will include the history of the art form and cartooning in the present day, especially through the related events. The exhibition also seeks to demonstrate the historical, literary, artistic and cultural value of a medium that has historically been discounted as having little or no scholarly worth. By increasing the visibility of the library’s unique collections, these materials can become a valuable resource for members of the University community and beyond.
Thanks to United Media, Dr. Kenneth Mares, Martha Mares Lebo, Columbia Public Library, and the MU Libraries Faculty Speaker Series for their generous support.