R.I.P. Bill Blackbeard

Bill Blackbeard, The Man Who Saved Comics, Dead at 84

Blackbeard was largely instrumental in affecting a major cultural change, Robb said: “His actions transformed comic strips into objects with legitimate cultural, historic and sometimes even aesthetic value.”

I’m sure many of the old newspaper strips I’ve encountered over the decades originated in his collection. He saved an inestimable portion of our American pop history.

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