‘Marvels & Monsters’: Unmasking Asian Images in U.S. Comics October 10, 2013 – Posted in: Comics / Cartoons, Exhibits – Tags: , ,


“Yellow Claw” #1, Atlas Comics, October 1956. (Marjean Magazine Corp.)

The Japanese American National Museum, in collaboration with NYU’s Asian/Pacific/American Institute and the  Fales Library & Special Collections, present “Marvels & Monsters: Unmasking Asian Images in U.S. Comics, 1942-1986.”

The exhibit highlights racial and cultural images of Asians that appeared in comic books from WWII through the mid-1980’s. The very same images that defined and still fuel America’s perceptions and stereotypes of Asians.

JANM-marvelsmonsters-Wu_William_3D_UnknownSoldierUnknown Soldier #221 (November 1978), DC Comics, Inc. [DC].

The exhibition is curated by  “Asian Pop” columnist Jeff Yang and is culled from the collection of William F. Wu, a noted science fiction author and cultural studies scholar. Wu donated his collection, the largest archive of comic books featuring Asians and Asian Americans to Fales Library & Special Collections through the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU.


Super Green Beret #1 (April 1967), Milson Publishing Co., Inc. [A Lightning Comic].



Air War Stories #6 (February 1966), Dell Publishing Co., Inc. [Dell].
A shot of some of the comic books as they were unpacked for the exhibition 
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