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The University of Western Ontario received an early present this holiday season — comics collector and retired college professor Eddy Smet is in the process of giving them “what is believed to be the largest and most valuable collection of comic books ever donated to a Canadian university,” the school’s newspaper reports.
Smet is donating “a significant portion” of his 10,000-plus, single-issue and original graphic novel collection to Western Archives, the archival research department of Western Libraries. The collection includes comics from the 1970s and 1980s, including complete runs of Miracleman, Watchmen and Swamp Thing, as well as the first 14 issues of Captain Canuck, “arguably Canada’s most popular and important superhero comic,” the paper says.
“It’s like cutting off my own arms because I’ve been collecting for more than 40 years, but I know giving my collection to a place like Western will provide a wonderful resource for students and faculty who are studying pop culture, visual arts or even women’s studies,” Smet said.