The Chase Craig Collection documents the career of Chase Craig, an illustrator, writer, editor, and producer of comic books. The bulk of the collection consists of comic books produced while Craig worked for Western Publishing from 1939-1975. This includes comics published by the Dell Publishing Company's Dell Comics and Western Publishing imprints, Gold Key Comics, and Whitman Comics. It also contains a small number of Marvel Comics published in the late 1970s, as well as several aviation training manuals Craig illustrated for the US Navy during World War II, and some personal items from Craig's career. The collection includes comic books, large feature comics, premiums from cold cereal boxes, correspondence, scrapbooks, sketches, newspaper clippings, window display ads, training manuals, editorial cartoons, and comic strips, and is organized into four major series: Dell Comics (1939-1960), Gold Key and Marvel Comics (1944-1980), Personal (1924-1979), and Oversized Materials (1924-1941).
Series I, Dell Comics, consists of premiums from cold cereal boxes, one shots, large feature comics, four-color comics, bimonthlies, and quarterlies issued primarily by the Dell Publishing Company, with a few issued by Famous Funnies and Eastern Color. Included are several bound compilations such as "Walt Disney's Comics and Stories," "New Funnies," and "Four Color Comics." This series contains issues featuring Mickey Mouse, Bugs Bunny, Donald Duck, Andy Panda, Woody Woodpecker, and The Cisco Kid, among others. It also includes many issues from individual series such as Popeye, Looney Toons and Merrie Melodies, Tom and Jerry, and the first twelve issues of Dell's original "Felix the Cat" comics from 1948-1950. Materials are filed alphabetically by title.
Series II, Gold Key and Marvel Comics, contains Gold Key and Marvel comics published between 1944 and 1980, with the bulk of the material published in the 1960s and 1970s. The series includes Gold Key and Whitman series titles such as The Adventures of Mighty Mouse, Fat Albert, Flash Gordon, The Pink Panther, Star Trek, Tarzan of the Apes, Tom and Jerry, Space Family Robinson, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, and the Road Runner, among others. The series also contains several titles licensed from Hanna-Barbera for Marvel Comics, including The Flintstones, Scooby Doo, and Yogi Bear. Materials are roughly grouped by publisher and filed in loose alphabetical order by title.
Series III, Personal, contains scrapbooks, comic strip art, window display cartoons, production artwork, and correspondence from 1924-1979. This includes newspaper clippings of comic strips that Craig created throughout his career such as Little Chauncey, Hollywood Hams, and Odd Bodkins. The series also contains correspondence concerning the rights to the name and ideas behind the science-fiction comic book series, "Space Family Robinson," the television show, "Lost in Space," and several aviation training manuals from the Vine Street Press featuring Craig's illustrations. Additionally, there are some sketches and rough drafts of comics including several stories of The Pink Panther drawn in pencil. Materials are filed alphabetically by title.
Series IV, Oversized Materials, consists of items that require special storage because of their size. This includes scrapbooks of Odd Bodkins clippings and some of Craig's first published drawings, artwork, comic strips, animation sheets, newspaper clippings, and a 1978 Hanna-Barbera calendar. Materials are filed alphabetically by title.