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The Flintstones, Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc. © 1964, McNaught Syndicate, Inc., Little Orphan Annie, 1964, King Features Syndicate, Inc., Yogi Bear: Jr. Trail Blazers, Hanna-Barbera Productions ©, c. 1960s, Inc., McNaught Syndicate, Inc.

Gallery installation at Reading Public Museum


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Original comic strips by artists Milton Caniff, Charles Schulz, Chester Gould, Mort Walker, Lee Falk, and Chic Young take center stage in this memorable exhibition of more than 90 works, nearly all drawn from The Museum’s stellar collection. The comics will transport visitors back to an age when a variety of strips — action, drama, westerns, historical and humorous — captured a nation’s imagination in the newspapers of the day. Holdings are particularly strong in works by Caniff, who was the most decorated American cartoonist of all time, known as the “Rembrandt of cartoons,” and creator of the masterful series Terry and the Pirates (1930s through 1940s) and Steve Canyon (1940s through 1950s), among others.

The exhibition features classic strips including Archie, Blondie, Beetle Bailey, Ferd’nand, Nancy, Peanuts, Mickey Mouse, Bugs Bunny, and Yogi Bear. Action-packed comic strips like Steve Canyon, Terry and the Pirates, Dick Tracy, Mandrake the Magician, Tarzan, Lone Ranger, The Phantom, Dr. Kildare, and Brenda Starr, among others, are featured in the show.  Both daily and Sunday strips are included in the exhibition, which also explores the creative process, production, and medium of comics. 


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