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Heroes & villains

The Heroes & villains exhibition explored the colourful, and sometimes controversial, history of Australian comic books, from their wartime origins in the 1940s to the present day.

The exhibition examined factors that influenced the development of Australian comics, such as competition from imported comic books, censorship, popular literature and the electronic media. It showed how Australian comic fans have expressed their passion and fostered a local comic-book culture through fanzines, comics conventions and online forums.

Heroes & villains was curated by Kevin Patrick, an Australian comics expert, collector and devoted fan. Many of the items on display were drawn from Kevin’s former collection which he gifted to the Library. The collection includes nearly every Australian comic published from 1975 to 2005.

This exhibition was held from 20 October 2006 to 25 February 2007.