The Cartoon Art Museum Collections
The Cartoon Art Museum is home to over 6,000 pieces of original artwork, including cartoons, comic books, comic strips, editorial cartoons, concept sketches, color roughs, and tear sheets. The Cartoon Art Museum is also one of very few museums worldwide with a permanent collection of original animation art. Animation holdings include cels, drawings, background paintings and illustrations from TV series and films produced by Warner Bros., Walt Disney Co., Filmation, Nevlana Studios and Hanna-Barbera, among many others.
Various selections from our permanent collection are displayed in the museum on a rotating basis through curated exhibitions. Certain selections are also currently available as traveling exhibitions.
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The Malcolm Whyte Collection
Cartoon Art Museum founder Malcolm Whyte has donated dozens of original comic strips and comic book pages from his personal collection to the museum’s archives, including comic strips from the late 19th to mid 20th Century.
Charles and Jean Schulz Collection
Charles and Jean Schulz were among the Cartoon Art Museum’s first and most dedicated supporters, in both financial and moral support. Charles “Sparky” Schulz donated dozens of pieces of original Peanuts artwork to the museum during its first decade of operation, for both fundraising auctions and to build the museum’s archives.
The Bill Crawford Collection
The Cartoon Art Museum houses over 50 political cartoons illustrated by award-winning cartoonist Bill Crawford in the 1960s. These works were donated by his widow, Claire Crawford, in 2002.
The Morrie Turner Collection
Wee Pals comic strip creator and Bay Area native Morrie Turner was a longtime friend of CAM founder Malcolm Whyte, and was a regular donor of original artwork to the museum’s permanent collection.
The John Severin Collection
Artist John Severin was a generous supporter of the museum’s archives. His donations include covers and stories from Cracked magazine, a complete Enemy Ace short story drawn for DC Comics, and the entirety of the five-issue miniseries Rawhide Kid: Slap Leather, published by Marvel Comics.
The Bill Janocha Collection
Cartoonist and historian Bill Janocha has served as Mort Walker’s assistant on the Beetle Bailey comic strip since 1987. An avid collector of original comic strip artwork, Janocha has generously donated dozens of comics from his own archives.
The Wiley Smith Collection
California native Wiley Smith was best known for his regular features Life with Homer and Football Follies, featured in the San Francisco Examiner from the 1930s to the 1960s. His family donated an extensive collection of his work to the Cartoon Art Museum in 1994.
The Phil Frank Collection
Farley comic strip creator Phil Frank was one of the Cartoon Art Museum’s earliest supporters, and he regularly donated his own artwork to the museum’s permanent collection, and created many illustrations for museum fundraising events and auctions.
The Lou Grant Collection
The famed Oakland Tribune editorial cartoonist Lou Grant’s widow, Florenzi Grant, donated a number of original cartoons to the museum’s archives.
The Bil Keane Collection
Reuben Award-winning cartoonist Bil Keane, creator of the beloved Family Circus comic strip, was a longtime friend and supporter of the Cartoon Art Museum. The Bil Keane collection houses more than 40 of his original cartoons dating back to the early 1960s.
The James Dickie Collection
The prolific children's book illustrator and cartoonist James Dickie spent much of his professional career in Oakland, and was the staff cartoonist for the Oakland Tribune for nearly three decades. A selection of original artwork from his archives was generously donated by the artist’s family in 1986.
The Sharon Smith Kane Collection
At age 17, cartoonist Sharon Smith launched a syndicated panel called Buttons an' Beaux, which humorously documented the trials and tribulations of teenage life in the early 1950s. Smith retired the feature in 1952, but went on to a long and successful career as a children's book illustrator. In 2018, under her married name of Sharon Smith Kane, the artist donated over 250 original Buttons an' Beaux comics to the Cartoon Art Museum's archives.
The Jeff Stahler Collection
Editorial cartoonist Jeff Stahler began his career with the Columbus Citizen Journal in 1983, then served as staff cartoonist for the Cincinnati Post from 1985–2005, and the Columbus Dispatch from 2005– 2011, before launching a successful career as a syndicated cartoonist with Universal UClick. The Jeff Stahler Collection contains more than 100 original editorial cartoons featuring the artist's work for the Cincinnati Post during the 1990s.
The Alex Anderson Collection
Animator Alex Anderson donated artwork from his groundbreaking cartoon series Crusader Rabbit as well as the animation camera that he used for production of that cartoon and Rocky and Bullwinkle in 2002. The animation camera is now on view in the Cartoon Art Museum lobby.
Mort Walker and the International Museum of Cartoon Art collection
Best known for his internationally syndicated comic strip Beetle Bailey, Mort Walker founded the International Museum of Cartoon Art in 1974, and the success of that institution helped to inspire the creation of San Francisco’s Cartoon Art Museum a decade later. When the IMCA ceased operations, Walker donated more than 100 highlights from that museum’s original comic strip art collection to the Cartoon Art Museum’s archives.
Mike and Jeanne Glad Collection
Longtime Cartoon Art Museum supporter and world-renowned animation authority Mike Glad has donated hundreds of animation cels, backgrounds, and illustrations to the Cartoon Art Museum over the past three decades, including classic works from Disney, Hanna-Barbera, and Warner Bros., among other studios.
The Graham Nash Collection
Musician and art enthusiast Graham Nash has donated more than 100 pieces of original cartoon art from his own personal collection, with an emphasis on comic book artwork.
The Bill Schorr Collection
The Cartoon Art Museum houses over 200 political cartoons illustrated by award-winning cartoonist Bill Schorr in the mid-1990s.
The Dick Wright Collection
The Cartoon Art Museum houses over 300 political cartoons illustrated by famed cartoonist Dick Wright in the mid-1990s.
The Eldon Dedini Collection
California-based cartoonist Eldon Dedini, best known for his magazine cartoons in publications including Playboy and The New Yorker, was a longtime friend and supporter of the Cartoon Art Museum. In 2006, Dedini’s son donated more than a dozen of his father’s original magazine cartoons.
The Heavy Metal Collection
Collector Robert Gardella donated an extensive collection of concept art, pencil drawings, animation cels and backgrounds from the 1980 animated classic Heavy Metal, along with a complete collection of Heavy Metal magazine from its initial publication in 1977 through 2007.
The Jerry Robinson Collection
Artist Jerry Robinson was best known for his work on the Batman comic books in the early 1940s, including the co-creation of Robin and The Joker. His widow, Gro, and son, Jens, donated more than 100 pieces of original artwork from Jerry’s archives in 2011.
The Rob Rogers Collection
The Cartoon Art Museum houses over 300 political cartoons illustrated by award-winning cartoonist Rob Rogers in the mid-1990s.
The Rick Hackney Collection
Rick and Bill Hackney’s syndicated comic strip Sir Bagby appeared in newspapers from 1959 to 1966. The California-based artist donated more than 100 pieces of original artwork from the beloved strip to the Cartoon Art Museum in 2007.
The Corka Collection
Zena Kavin, along with her husband, Jon, published cartoons in the Saturday Evening Post and The New Yorker under the pseudonym Corka. A substantial number of their cartoons and preparatory drawings were donated to the Cartoon Art Museum in 2003.
The Mike Luckovich Collection
The Cartoon Art Museum houses over 300 political cartoons illustrated by Pulitzer Award-winning cartoonist Mike Luckovich in the mid-1990s.
Charles Schulz, Cartoon Art Museum Collector’s Print, 1987 | Alex Anderson, Crusader Rabbit animation art, ca. 1950 | Mort Walker, Beetle Bailey, 1992 | Bill Crawford, editorial cartoon, ca. 1960 | Walt Disney Animation, Donald Duck, ca. 1935 | Morrie Turner, Wee Pals, 1987 | Sal Buscema, Avengers Annual #17, 1988 | John Severin, Rawhide Kid: Slap Leather #1, 2003 | Bill Schorr, editorial cartoon, 1985 | TAD Dorgan, Judge Rummy, 1922 | Dick Wright, editorial cartoon, 1987 | Wiley Smith, Football Follies, 1961 | Eldon Dedini, Playboy cartoon, 1981 | Phil Frank, Farley, 1986 | Heavy Metal, “Taarna,” animation cel, 1981 | Lou Grant, editorial cartoon, 1960s | Chester Gould, Dick Tracy, 1948 | Bil Keane, The Family Circus, 1986 | Rob Rogers, editorial cartoon, 1991 | James Dickie, “How To Draw Dogs,” 1960s | Rick Hackney, Sir Bagby, 1960s | Sharon Smith (Kane), Buttons an’ Beaux, 1950 | Mike Luckovich, editorial cartoon, 1989 | Jeff Stahler, editorial cartoon, 1997