Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

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March 17, 2006

Comic Relief

Oklahoma Cartoonists Collection receives huge cartoon donation

What is to be seen but not heard? The traditional answer is children, but so is a major gift of more than 2,000 comics books, magazines, and strips to the Oklahoma Cartoonists Collection that is housed inside the Toy and Action Figure Museum in Pauls Valley, Okla.

Dr. Jon Suter recently donated this large collection featuring the work of Oklahoma cartoonists. A former librarian at East Central University in Ada, Suter is also a writer whose work is featured in the collection.

Dr. Suter is now Director of Libraries and a teacher of graduate classes in the liberal arts at Houston Baptist University; his courses include one on the history of comic books.

Born in Holdenville, Dr. Suter was among the earliest major collectors of comic books and strips in Oklahoma. His donation includes more than 500 magazines collecting comic strips and/or featuring articles on the history of the art form.

The more than 1,500 comic strips that will be displayed from the Suter gift include Dick Tracy, Broom Hilda, Alley Oop, Glamor Girls, and the editorial cartoons of Clarence Allen. Additional comic strips from Suter’s donation will be added at a later date.

The Oklahoma Cartoonists Collection already features the work of more than 50 Oklahoma cartoonists and their associates. TAFM currently showcases over 7,000 toys, 300 pieces of original comics art, a large selection of published comics by Oklahomans, and books and magazines on comic book and strip history.

“My goal is to expand our existing display for the enjoyment and education of the public,” said Michael Vance who procures and prepares materials for the Oklahoma Cartoonists Collection.

“The addition of this major gift is an important step in realizing that dream. It would literally take weeks to view the original art in the museum, and read the magazines and comic strips soon to be on display. I hope to have Suter’s donation in the museum by May.”

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