(Above) Detective Comics issue 33, story by Gardner Fox.

The U of O Special Collections and University Archives have set up a special viewing of the Gardner Fox Collection! If you don’t know who Gardner Fox is, he was a comics writer who created Hawkman, wrote early Batman stories, introduced the world to the Batarang, created one of the first villains faced by Batman, and created the first superhero team – The Justice Society which was later re-imagined by Fox in the 1960s as The Justice League of America.  The Guy Gardner character from Green Lantern is named after Fox.

A prolific writer of comics, scholars have estimated Fox wrote more than 4,000 comic book stories and Fox’s writing career spanned four decades!


First appearance of the Justice Society of America.

During 1967, Fox donated his notes, correspondence, and samples of his work to the University of Oregon. Fox donated over 14 boxes of comics from his personal collection, books, scripts, plot ideas, fan letters, and other documents dating back to the 1940s.

Please do not miss this chance for a look at comic book history right here in Eugene to see the foundation on which our pop culture was built!