Digital Exhibits

A. B. Walker’s World

A.B. Walker's WorldAlanson Burton Walker was a very successful magazine cartoonist working in the early 20th century. His work was in high demand and he drew for all the important magazines of the time where he created gentle, wry cartoons on issues of the day.


Alternate Views: Perspectives on the American Civil War

The Question Settled. DetailThis exhibition, which highlights the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum’s growing collection of 19th century prints, presents both sides of the conflict of the American Civil War. Most of the work represents the views of Union supporters, and only one cartoonist, Adelbert Volck, published works favoring of the Confederate States of America, of which examples of his etchings are included.


Anne Mergen: Editorial Cartoonist

annemergendigitalexhibitthumbnailAnne Mergen’s editorial cartoons chronicle history from the Great Depression through the Cold War. In 1933, she was the only woman editorial cartoonist in the United States, a status that continued until her retirement in 1956. She continued to have cartoons published as late as June 1961.

A Tale of the Jungle Imps

jungleimpsIn early January 2006, a stranger called The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum to say that she had found some old cartoons tucked in a stack of boxes that had been sitting in her family’s business for decades. When it was opened, a treasure appeared.


Drawing Blood: Comics and Medicine 

Drawing Blood: Comics and Medicine, exhibitDrawing Blood traces the history of comics’ obsession with medicine from the 17th century to today. Until the nineteenth century, medical care often meant ancient, ineffective, and dangerous treatments such as bloodletting and purging. Early cartoonists found a favorite topic for satire in self-trained barber surgeons and apothecaries proffering cures that were frequently worse than the disease. Drawing Blood highlights the sometimes caustic eye of cartoonists, as they consider doctors, patients, illness, and treatment in the rapidly changing world of medicine—one which continues to present new possibilities and new challenges.


Drawn on Stone: Political Prints from the 1830s and 1840s


Although photographs were introduced in 1839, the technology to reproduce them on the printed page did not exist until the end of the century. Instead, images were reproduced by engraving or woodcut, printing processes that were labor-intensive and relatively expensive.


Edwina Dumm

edwinadummdigitalexhibitthumbnailFor more than six decades, Edwina Frances Dumm worked as a professional cartoonist. Beginning as a political cartoonist on the staff of the Columbus Daily Monitor, Edwina paved the way as the first woman employed in a full-time position as an editorial cartoonist.

Hale Scrapbook

halethumbThe Hale Scrapbook (so designated by historian and collector Draper Hill, from whom it was acquired) dates from approximately 1746 to 1830 and includes engravings by the leading artists of Georgian England, letters, newspaper clippings, woodcuts, broadsides, sketches, paintings, and other miscellaneous materials.


Ireland of the Dispatch

irelanddispatchdigitalexhibitthumbnailThis digital exhibition celebrates the creative genius of Columbus’ most famous cartoonist and the generosity of the Elizabeth Ireland Graves Foundation, which made possible the renovation of Sullivant Hall for a new home for the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum.

Light: A Forgotten 19th Century Humor Magazine

lightdigitalexhibitthumbnailLight was by far the most important of lithographic comic weekly to be published outside of New York or San Francisco during the last quarter of the 19th century. It provided the first or early employment to a host of talented cartoonists, illustrators, and at least one writer who would later go on to successful careers.


The Lindsay Scrapbook

LindsayScrapbookthumbThe Lindsay scrapbook contains fifty-two full-color chromolithographs — caricatures of London celebrities, politicians, and royalty — that were all executed by the well-known French artist “Faustin” (Faustin Betbeder) and appeared in the London Figaro.

MAN SAVES COMICS! Bill Blackbeard’s Treasure of 20th Century Newspapers

Photo of Bill Blackbeard

Bill Blackbeard, a lifelong comics fan, historian, and collector, dedicated his life to the preservation of newspaper comics. Over the course of 30 years, Blackbeard amassed the world’s most comprehensive collection of comic strip clippings and illustrated pages in his home—totaling 75 tons of material—and christened it the San Francisco Academy of Comic Art.

Lyonel Feininger

lyonelLyonel Feininger is best known as a painter and a founder of the famous Bauhaus school of art and architecture; however, he was also a pioneer of the comic strip. Although he is not as well-known for his work in comics, his strips play an important role in the history of comic art.

Milton Caniff: An American Master


Milton Caniff changed the history of the American comic strip. He was an expert in both the artistic and literary aspects of the medium. The education he received at Ohio State University matured into the “every wrinkle must show” graphic style for which he became famous.

Nell Brinkley


In 1907, at the tender age of twenty-two, Nell Brinkley came to New York to draw for the Hearst syndicate. Within a year, she had become a household name. Anyone who loves silent movies can enjoy the Golden Eyes series, a gorgeously drawn page-turner.

Ohio Cartoonists

ohiocartoonistsdigitalexhibitthumbnailThe digital version of the exhibition Ohio Cartoonists: A Bicentennial Celebration highlights the accomplishments of six of the state’s most notable late nineteenth and early twentieth-century newspaper and magazine cartoonists.

Sam Milai of the Pittsburgh Courier

sammilaidigitalexhibitthumbnailSam Milai was an artist and cartoonist for the Pittsburgh Courier for 33 years. He won the National Newspaper Publisher’s Association Russwurn trophy for the best cartoon eight times during his career. Milai also created a feature titled Facts about the Negro that celebrated the accomplishments of people of color.


Selected Newspaper Cartoon Artists 1898-1909

selectednewspapercartoonartiststhumbnailIn the late 1890s and early 1900s, cartoons in American newspapers were an evolving art form. Highly talented artists were given generous page space on which to work their experiments in composition and dialogue. Many of these cartoonists were also painters, sculptors, and illustrators.

Tales from the Vault: 40 Years / 40 Stories

Tales from the Vault: 40 Years-40 StoriesTales from the Vault: 40 Years / 40 Stories is based on our 2017 exhibit, which celebrated the 40th anniversary of our founding. We have chosen 40 stories from the many that could be told through our collections: stories about the cartoons and comics themselves, the artists and writers who created them, the people who collected them, and their impact on the audience that read them. Featuring work by Garry Trudeau, Rose O’Neill, Osamu Tezuka, Brumsic Brandon Jr., and more.

thomasnastdigitalalbumthumbnailThomas Nast was a celebrity. This digital album is an informational site dedicated to Thomas Nast, which contains a biography, timeline, cartoon portfolio, bibliography, and a teacher’s guide.



Yellow Kid

yellowkiddigitalalbumthumbnailRichard Felton Outcault (1863-1928) created Hogan’s Alley, which is considered the first commercially successful newspaper comic strip. It featured Mickey Dugan, better known as the Yellow Kid.