Northwestern presents comic book collection

Kris Anne Bonifacio

Comic book and graphic novel enthusiasts will have a chance Thursday night to take a virtual tour of Northwestern’s comic book collection.

The Evanston Public Library is hosting a presentation by NU manuscript librarians on the comic book archive in Deering Library. Librarians Benn Joseph and Jason Nargis will discuss the history of the collection and give a virtual tour of the 25,000 items on the collection, which includes the first edition of “The Amazing Spider-Man” from March 1963. The collection first began in the ‘70s when former NU student Juan Cole donated his comic book collection that dates back to 1939.

The presentation, called “From the Heroic to the Depraved: Northwestern’s Mainstream and Underground Comics,” will be given at EPL’s Main Branch, 1703 Orrington Ave., in the Community Meeting Room on Thursday at 7 p.m.