January 22, 2022

Stanford Libraries Launches New Online Exhibition of Vintage Chinese Comic Book Covers

From a Stanford Libraries Blog Post:

Curated by Chinese Studies Librarian Zhaohui Xue, the exhibition showcases the covers of various comic books held in the collections of the East Asia Library. Comics such as these were popular in the early and mid-twentieth century, particularly after 1949 when they were used to spread Communist ideology and support various political campaigns.

The East Asia Library holds over 450 examples of such comic books in its Special Collections. Most were produced between the 1950s and 1970s, a period that includes the Cultural Revolution. They are valuable sources for research on political propaganda, visual art, and the history of modern China.

Because of their political nature, some images in the exhibition may include violent and disturbing imagery. Viewer discretion is advised.

Direct to Online Exhibition

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