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Download Over 15,000 Comic Books for Free

Comic lovers can now access thousands of high-quality gems from the Golden Age

Are you a comic book lover? An illustrator curious to explore character and background designs popular before the Sixties? Or simply interested in researching historical commentary through graphic storytelling? In that case, the Digital Comic Museum has a massive treat in store for you.

A vast archive of pre-1959 comic books in excellent condition, uploaded by users, has been compiled by the museum and keeps growing. The comics are available under public domain restrictions and fully downloadable. All entries have been meticulously checked by the site’s moderators and administrators to avoid copyright infringement, and contributors are encouraged to keep on entering new scans adhering to the rules.

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So, you won’t find popular characters such as those from Marvel, D.C., or Disney, or even anything published after 1959, but the choice is undoubtedly impressive. The storylines and protagonists belong to a bygone era, and their vision of the future is closer to science-fiction than what we know.

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The comics give an insight into the dominant social makeup and the culture of past times. How did American society react to fighting in World War II and Korea? How was the sense of the ensuing Cold War depicted and related in the comic book pages of that era?

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Among the thousands of entries are some unexpected and forgotten titles, such as “Eh”—Charlton Comics’ answer to Mad Magazine. A ‘crazy’ comic without a lasting legacy, aimed at older children and teenagers, ‘Eh” was not deemed worthy of copyright renewal. It will be interesting to explore the topics dealt with in the book and find out why.

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With some entries dating back over 100 years ago, the collection is a real cultural archive bound to enchant, engage, and inspire.

Let’s have a look at some more exciting entries below:

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The goal of the project is to make these forgotten and highly-fascinating public domain comics widely available. Registering with the site is free and, so far, you can download unlimited comics. There is also an Archives and Collections area dedicated to artists of note.

Click here to access the full archive and travel back in time to a fascinating world.

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