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April 15, 2016

Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum Acquires The Jay Lynch Collection


Columbus, Ohio's Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum has announced its acquisition of the Jay Lynch collection.

The press release claims the donation is of
"... 250 cubic feet of manuscript materials, original art, underground comix, merchandise from Lynch's work at Topps, and letters from R. Crumb, Art Spiegelman, Lenny Bruce, Woody Allen, and other icons of the popular culture dating back to 1956. Additionally, the collection is home to an extensive number of fanzines and college humor magazines, often offering the earliest look at work from Harry Shearer, Art Spiegelman, Gilbert Shelton, and more. Also in the collection are some famous (and infamous) publicity campaigns, including groundbreaking satirical work such as Oingo Boingo's anti-clown movement, Ed Sachs's Irreverent Newsletter, Alan Abel and Buck Henry's Society for Indecency to Naked Animals press releases, and early press kits from Jay Ward Productions."
That Lynch kept so much personal material should provide a boon to all future scholarship about the underground comix movement.

Jay Lynch was a crucial figure in underground comix best known for his editor/creator status at Bijou Funnies and for his creations Nard n' Pat. He served as a vital part of the rich Chicago traditions in underground publishing and counter-culture satire more generally. Lynch was also a key figure in some of the parallel acts of creation to the undergrounds with the Topps Company and at MAD. More recently he's created work for Françoise Mouly's kids-comics book line TOON.

Lynch turned 71 this year.
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