Caniff Collection Spotlighted in Ohio State Show

By: E&P Staff

An exhibit titled “Rarities: Unusual Works from the Caniff Collection” is being held by Ohio State University’s Cartoon Research Library through Jan. 19.

Milton Caniff (1907-88) created the classic “Terry and the Pirates” and “Steve Canyon” comics. His collection — the founding one for the 30-year-old cartoon library — included nearly 12,000 original pieces of Caniff art, 85 boxes of memorabilia, and more than 450 boxes of manuscript materials, fan letters, and business records.

The current exhibit includes work by Caniff, several drawings of him cartoonist Noel Sickles, a fan letter from future “Beetle Bailey” creator Mort Walker when Walker was 13, an oil painting of Gen. George Patton by late editorial cartooning legend Bill Mauldin, and more.

The cartoon library is marking the centennial of Caniff’s birth this year with exhibits and its ninth cartoon festival, which takes place Oct. 25-27.

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