Category Archives: Comic book history

Bruce Lee Steals the Show in “The Green Hornet”

The road to Bruce Lee’s screen stardom began in Oakland, California, where his Jun Fan Gung Fu Institute began attracting the attention of the martial arts world. His appearance in the first-ever Long Beach International Karate Championships in 1964 wowed … Continue reading

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Archives Rewind Vol. 9

It’s been a while since we’ve highlighted some of our “Archives on the Air” programs. So here’s a brand new Archives Rewind for the new year! Episode 159: James L. Ehernberger Western Railroad Collection Railroads have had a vital impact … Continue reading

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Mort Weisinger: Superman’s Superman

Among the American Heritage Center’s comic book industry collections are evidence of the way in which industry insiders attempted to legitimize their business following the comic book moral panic of the 1950s. Fredric Wertham’s 1954 monograph, Seduction of the Innocent … Continue reading

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Stan Lee’s Legacy Lives on at the American Heritage Center

Stan Lee’s legacy lives on at the University of Wyoming’s American Heritage Center (AHC). Stan Lee – comics industry pioneer, collection donor, and AHC benefactor – died November 12, 2018, at age 95, in his home city of Los Angeles. … Continue reading

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Farewell Superhero Stan Lee

One of the American Heritage Center’s benefactors, and all around favorite person, was Stan Lee. He passed away November 12, 2018 at age 95. This amazing man not only gave the AHC valuable research materials spanning his career, he managed … Continue reading

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Comics Have Research Value!

Comic book writer Stan Lee turns 95 today, and he’s still at work. Providing evidence to all his decades of work in the comic book industry, and its expansion to other entertainment media such as film and television, is the … Continue reading

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Hopalong Cassidy: Cowboy Hero and Franchise Empire

One the most popular collections at the American Heritage Center is the papers of William Boyd, who played cowboy Hopalong Cassidy for many years on radio, television, and film. Hopalong Cassidy was originally created by author Clarence E. Mulford in … Continue reading

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