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The Library of American Comics (abbreviated as LoAC) is an American publisher of classic American comic strips collections and comic history books, founded by Dean Mullaney and Bruce Canwell in 2007. The company is an imprint of IDW Publishing.

The Library of American Comics
Parent companyIDW Publishing
FounderDean Mullaney
Bruce Canwell
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationSan Diego, California
DistributionDiamond Book Distributors[1][2]
Key peopleDean Mullaney (Creative Director)
Lorraine Turner (Art Director)
Bruce Canwell (Associate Director)
Kurtis Findlay (Online Communications Coordinator)
Publication typesBooks
Fiction genresAmerican comic strips




Dean Mullaney, the founder of The Library of American Comics, developed his interest for comics in his early youth and by the 1970s he was a so-called letterhack, regularly sending in letters of comment to the Marvel comic books' letter pages. His career in comics began in 1977 when he, together with his brother Jan Mullaney[3] as well as Don McGregor and Paul Gulacy, launched the publishing company Eclipse Comics,[4] famous for publishing the graphic novel Sabre. After some time at Eclipse Comics, Mullaney left the comics industry.

In 2006, Mullaney was thinking about making a return to comics, and he found an online article about Sabre written by Bruce Canwell, a former DC Comics and Marvel Comics employee. The article mentioned that Canwell remembered Mullaney as a once frequent letter writer to the Marvel comic books' reader pages which he read growing up, just as Canwell himself was. Mullaney contacted Canwell, and after discussing their future plans, they realized that their visions and ideas were aligned. They discussed going into business together, with the initial goal of bringing a complete hardcover collection of Milton Caniff's comic strip Terry and the Pirates to the public.[5]

Mullaney and Canwell launched The Library of American Comics in summer 2007, beginning publication of a definitive collection The Complete Terry and the Pirates. [6]


The goal of all The Library of American Comics collections is to preserve classic American newspaper comics, in definitive archival editions. By framing each comic strip series with informative essays to present the series next to its historical context, both in relation to other comic strips and to the historical events of their time.[4]

In April of 2018 the number of titles published by The Library of American Comics was above 180.


All the books The Library of American Comics publish are of the hardcover kind with sewn binding, the large majority also comes with a dust jacket and sewn linen bookmark. Book size and reproduction color depend on each series.




Eisner Awards[7] [8]

Harvey Awards[9]

  • 2012 – "Best biographical, historical or journalistic presentation" – Genius, Isolated: The Life and Art of Alex Toth



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  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ [2][dead link]
  3. ^ Mullaney, Jan; Mullaney, Dean (August 1978). "A Word from the Publisher". Sabre: Slow Fade of an Endangered Species. Eclipse Enterprises. p. 1 (unnumbered).
  4. ^ a b "Compelling and Timeless: An Interview With Dean Mullaney". Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  5. ^ "Bruce Canwell on the Library of American Comics". 16 April 2018. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  6. ^ "Dean Mullaney on IDW's Library of American Comics". Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  7. ^ "2000s". Comic-Con International: San Diego. 2 December 2012.
  8. ^ "2010-Present". Comic-Con International: San Diego. 2 December 2012.
  9. ^ "Previous Winners". Harvey Awards. 5 October 2018.

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