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Karl S. Kaltenthaler Comic Books and Zines Collection

Identifier: MGHL-00015

The Karl S. Kaltenthaler Collection is comprised of comic books, zines, magazines, graphic novels, and miscellaneous materials. Comic books make up the bulk of the collection with approximately 1,500 items, spanning many genres and styles including superhero comics, war comics, horror comics, and alternative and underground titles. Featured prominently in the collection are some of the most revered and influential comic book artists and writers of the late twentieth century, including Alan Moore, Frank Miller, Neil Gaiman, Robert Crumb, Peter Bagge, and Daniel Clowes. The zines in the collection were published during the the early to mid 1980s, and focus primarily on underground music and punk.


  • 1954-2008
  • Other: Date acquired: May 2011


Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions to access.

Conditions Governing Use

Some restrictions, please contact the Modern Graphic History Library Curator at (314) 935-7741 or Users of the collection must read and abide by the Rules for the use of Modern Graphic History Library materials.

Users of the collections who wish to use items from this collection, in whole or in part, in any form of publication (as defined in the form) must sign and submit to the Washington University Department of Special Collections a hard copy of the Notification of intent to publish Modern Graphic History Library materials form.

All publication not covered by fair use restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder.


21.00 linear feet

Biographical or Historical Information

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Karl S. Kaltenthaler was an avid comic book collector, amassing a diverse collection of important late twentieth-century mainstream and underground titles during his lifetime. He died February 25, 2010.

Arrangement Note

Items are arranged according to type and size, and then alphabetically.

The contents of the collection are arranged in six series and three subseries as follows:

Series 1: Comic Books Subseries 1: Standard-Size Comic Books Subseries 2: Magazine-Size Comic Books Subseries 3: Comic Book Anthologies Series 2: Zines Series 3: Magazines Series 4: Graphic Novels Series 5: Oversize Publications Series 6: Miscellaneous Materials The contents of the collection are arranged as follows:

Boxes 1-14: Standard-Size Comic Books Boxes 15-17: Magazine-Size Comic Books Box 18; Reference Shelf: Comic Anthologies Boxes 19-20: Zines Boxes 21-22: Magazines Box 23; Reference Shelf: Graphic Novels Box 24: Oversize Publications, Miscellaneous Materials

Method of Acquisition

The collection was donated to the Modern Graphic History Library by Peg Kaltenthaler in May 2011.

Accruals and Additions

There are no accruals.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Jolie Braun in April 2012.


Karl S. Kaltenthaler Comic Books and Zines Collection
Jolie Braun
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Revision Statements

  • 2012-07: This finding aid was entered into Archon by Jolie Braun in July 2012.
  • 2021-11-17: Resource record updated in ArchiveSpace by Sarah Weeks and Andrea Degener.
  • 2021-11-17: Collection re-arranged by Andrea Degener

Collecting Area Details

Part of the Dowd Illustration Research Archive Collecting Area

Andrea Degener, Interim Curator
West Campus Library
7425 Forsyth Blvd
Clayton MO 63105 US
(314) 935-5495