The Michigan State University Library is home to the largest collection of comic books in the world

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EAST LANSING, Mich. — According to Michigan State University, they have the largest comic book collection in the world, and Randall Scott has cared for it since 1973.

Scott is the university’s comics bibliographer, so he’s responsible for the rows and rows of comics in the basement of the Michigan State Main Library.

The collection began with 6,000 comics donated by an MSU professor named Russel Nye in the 1960s.

“I begged for gifts and begged for money to buy things. And now we’re at about 350,000 comics,” Scott said.

The shelves contain works from the 1800s through 2021.

The collection houses comics from every continent except Antarctica. It has household names like Batman, Spiderman, and Superman.

“This collection means a lot to me, and I kind of took it personally over the past 50 years. And when I decided that was my goal in life, it was because it didn’t there was no collection like this anywhere,” Scott said.

The collection is more than bragging rights for the university, Ruth Ann Jones, a teaching and outreach librarian, has used the books to teach her students.

Jones likes to incorporate comics into her classes because they allow many different voices to be heard.

“We have a huge collection of LGBTQ+ comics. We have comics from many different color creators. So comics aren’t just entertainment,” Jones said. “They are a very diverse expression of many different voices.

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