Student discovers rare comic books in university library
A comic book fan found some early editions of classic comics at Dundee University.
A comic book fan hit the jackpot when she discovered some rare early edition comics at a university library.
The discoveries included a copy of Punch magazine - which first made cartoons popular - dating from the 1800s along with rare DC and Marvel comics.
American PhD student Hailey Austin made the find while looking through the Dundee University archives.
She said: "They are not only historically significant but invaluable for students and enthusiasts, especially those studying comics here in Dundee.
"We have Punch comics from 1895 donated by the late Stephanie Wolfe Murray - the pioneering female publisher who founded Canongate.
"These sit alongside thousands of DC comics donated to the university by famous Scottish comics writer Grant Morrison."
Ms Austin, 24, has now created an online catalogue for the collection and also led the design of a comic telling the story of the collection.
She said: "Naturally being a comics PhD student, my first thought was to create a free comic that would highlight exactly what the university's Archives and Museum Services have to offer.
"There are 19 contributors, including students and even someone who donated into the collection. "
"These are amazingly valuable to comics students as they are integral to the creative process and are tough to get your hands on."