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Perez Comic Book Collection

Identifier: MS0505

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of comic books published by DC Comics and Marvel Comics, the bulk of which were published during the Bronze Age (1972-1986) of American comic books. Notable issues include: All-Star Comics No. 58, Amazing Spider-man No. 129, Incredible Hulk No. 180, and Marvel Super-heroes No. 18.


  • Creation: 1966-1980

Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research; access requires at least 24 hours advance notice.

Conditions Governing Use

The Perez Comic Book Collection is the physical property of J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections. Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Biographical / Historical

Marvel Comics was founded in 1939 by Martin Goodman under the name Timely Comics. During the Timely Comics period, the company created three main superhoes: the Human Torch, Namor the Sub-Mariner and Captain America. The company experienced a decline in the 1950s as interest in comic books faded. However, they saw new success beginning in the early 1960s with the creation of The Fantastic Four by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee. They went on to create such enduring characters as Spider-Man, Thor, Ant Man, Iron Man and the X-Men and Stan Lee became one of the best known names in comics.

DC Comics was founded in 1939 by Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson under the name National Allied Publications. The company created two series of comic books, Action Comics and Detective Comics, from which the later name of DC Comics came. Action Comics introduced the character of Superman in 1938 and Detective Comics introduced Batman in 1939 and enjoyed widespread popularity. DC Comics began the revival of comic books in 1960 with the creation of the Justice League of America and went on to create the popular hero The Flash in 1965.


2 Linear Feet (2 Comic Book Storage Boxes, 1 Oversized Clamshell Box)


Contains comic books published by both DC and Marvel Comics, primarily during the Bronze Age (1972-1986).


The collection is arranged into the following two series: DC Comics (1971-1978) and Marvel Comics (1966-1980).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Madeleine Bagwell Perez, 2013.


The following criteria were utilized in the selection of materials to include in the collection: complements either series or genres found in the Johnston Comic Book Collection (MS 307); notable issues, including but not limited to first appearances, major events, or important creative teams; and/or are anthologies, team-ups, or other genres that are currently low priority for commercial digitization or reprinting by the publishers.

Related Materials

Johnston Comic Book Collection (MS 307)

Processing Information

The collection was processed by Stacy Rue in 2014.



Perez Comic Book Collection
Stacy Rue
April 2014
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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collections, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte NC 28223 United States

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