Reference Material

Lichtenstein gathered, created and used various types of reference materials. They comprise cartoon and magazine clippings—stored loose or pasted into notebooks—and photographs the artist took on walks through New York City or as part of his studio practice. Most of this material is still held by the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation Archives, will soon be digitized, and has been gifted to the Archives of American Art Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. 

The catalogue raisonné team has started a review of the large number of these materials and is in the process of adding them to this website. For example, there are hundreds of comic, magazine, newspaper and book clipping references.                 

Our Fighting Forces
SRC 20049
Our Fighting Forces
May 1962
Panel: 2 3/8 x 2 3/4 in. (6 x 7 cm)

Kanigher, Robert (editor). Our Fighting Forces 68 (May 1962), National Periodical Publications, Inc. (DC).

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Our Fighting Forces
SRC 20059
Our Fighting Forces
October 1962
Panel: 2 5/8 x 2 15/16 in. (6.7 x 7.5 cm)

Kanigher, Robert (editor). Our Fighting Forces 71 (October 1962), National Periodical Publications, Inc. (DC).

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Justice League of America
SRC 20064
Justice League of America
June 1962
Panel: 2 3/4 x 3 in. (7 x 7.6 cm)

Schwartz, Julius (editor). Justice League of America 12 (June 1962), National Periodical Publications, Inc. (DC).

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All American Men of War
SRC 20070
All American Men of War
1962
Panel: 5 1/4 x 2 13/16 in. (13.3 x 7.1 cm)

Kanigher, Robert (editor). All American Men of War 89 (January–February 1962), National Periodical Publications, Inc. (DC).

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  • Blam, 1962 (RLCR 676)
Blondie at Home Sweet Home
SRC 20082
Blondie at Home Sweet Home
1939–41
Panel detail: 1 1/2 x 2 in. (3.8 x 5.1 cm)

Young, Chic (artist). Blondie at Home Sweet Home 29 (1939–41), David McKay Company. [Page with panel detail copyrighted 1939.] 

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Blondie at Home Sweet Home
SRC 20083
Blondie at Home Sweet Home
1939–41
Panel : 1 1/2 x 2 15/16 in. (3.8 x 7.5 cm)

Young, Chic (artist). Blondie at Home Sweet Home 29 (1939–41), David McKay Company.

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Falling in Love
SRC 20086
Falling in Love
March 1961
Panel: 2 3/4 x 2 15/16 in. (7 x 7.5 cm)

Reed, Phyllis (editor). Falling in Love 41 (March 1961), Arleigh Publishing Company (National Romance Group). 

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Girls' Romances
SRC 20093
Girls' Romances
December 1963
Panel: 2 3/4 x 3 in. (7 x 7.6 cm)

Nadle, L. M. (editor), and Jay Scott Pike (illustrator). Girls' Romances 97 (December 1963), Arleigh Publishing Corporation (DC). 

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Secret Hearts
SRC 20098
Secret Hearts
June 1963
Panel: 2 1/2 x 3 1/8 in. (6.4 x 7.9 cm)

Reed, Phyllis (editor). Secret Hearts 88 (June 1963), Arleigh Publishing Corporation (DC).

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Girls' Romances
SRC 20103
Girls' Romances
March 1965
Panel (trimmed): 2 1/16 x 2 15/16 in. (5.2 x 7.5 cm)

Miller, Jack (editor). Girls' Romances 107 (March 1965), Arleigh Publishing Corporation (DC). 

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Heart Throbs
SRC 20104
Heart Throbs
June–July 1963
Panel: 2 3/4 x 2 7/8 in. (7 x 7.3 cm)
Panel detail: 1 3/4 x 1 13/16 in. (4.4 x 4.6 cm)

Reed, Phyllis (editor). Heart Throbs 84 (June–July 1963), Arleigh Publishing Corporation (DC).

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Falling in Love
SRC 20195
Falling in Love
August 1966
Panel: 2 5/8 x 2 7/8 in. (6.7 x 7.3 cm)

Miller, Jack (editor). Falling in Love 85 (August 1966), Arleigh Publishing Corporation (DC). 

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Girls' Love Stories
SRC 20256
Girls' Love Stories
August 1963
Panel detail: 2 3/4 x 1 3/4 in. (7 x 4.4 cm)

Nadle, L. M. (editor). Girls' Love Stories 97 (August 1963), Arleigh Publishing Corporation (DC). 

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Girls' Romances
SRC 20284
Girls' Romances
December 1963
Panel detail: 6 1/2 x 4 1/4 in. (16.5 x 10.8 cm)

Nadle, L.M. (editor), Jay Scott Pike (illustrator). Girls' Romances 97 (December 1963), Arleigh Publishing Corporation (DC). 

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Girls' Romances
SRC 20286
Girls' Romances
December 1963
Panel detail: 3 x 2 1/8 in. (7.6 x 5.4 cm)

Nadle, L.M. (editor), and Jay Scott Pike (illustrator). Girls' Romances 97 (December 1963), Arleigh Publishing Corporation (DC). 

Girls' Romances
SRC 20287
Girls' Romances
December 1963
Panel detail: 3 1/16 x 2 7/16 in. (7.8 x 6.2 cm)

Nadle, L.M. (editor), and Jay Scott Pike (illustrator). Girls' Romances 97 (December 1963), Arleigh Publishing Corporation (DC). 

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Girls' Romances
SRC 20314
Girls' Romances
January 1964
Panel detail: 3 3/4 x 1 15/16 in. (9.5 x 4.9 cm)

Nadle, L.M. (editor). Girls' Romances 98 (January 1964), Arleigh Publishing Corporation (DC). 

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Green Lantern
SRC 20332
Green Lantern
March 1965
Panel (trimmed): 3 3/4 x 2 3/16 in. (9.5 x 5.6 cm)

Schwartz, Julius (editor). Green Lantern 35 (March 1965), National Periodical Publications, Inc. (DC).

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Green Lantern
SRC 20335
Green Lantern
March 1965
Panel: 3 15/16 x 1 7/8 in. (10 x 4.8 cm)

Schwartz, Julius (editor). Green Lantern 35 (March 1965), National Periodical Publications, Inc. (DC).

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Heart Throbs
SRC 20342
Heart Throbs
June–July 1962
Panel: 2 5/8 x 3 in. (6.7 x 7.6 cm)

Reed, Phyllis (editor). Heart Throbs 28 (June–July 1962), Arleigh Publishing Corporation (DC).

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Heart Throbs
SRC 20380
Heart Throbs
February–March 1964
Panel: 2 3/4 x 2 7/8 in. (7 x 7.3 cm)

Nadle, L.M. (editor). Heart Throbs 88 (February–March 1964), Arleigh Publishing Corporation (DC).

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Heart Throbs
SRC 20381
Heart Throbs
February–March 1964
Panel: 2 3/4 x 2 7/8 in. (7 x 7.3 cm)

Nadle, L.M. (editor). Heart Throbs 88 (February–March 1964), Arleigh Publishing Corporation (DC).

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House of Secrets
SRC 20383
House of Secrets
March–April 1964
Panel: 3 9/16 x 1 15/16 in. (9 x 4.9 cm)

Boltinoff, Murray (editor), and Alexander Toth (illustrator). House of Secrets 65 (March–April 1964), National Periodical Publications, Inc. (DC).

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Our Fighting Forces
SRC 20463
Our Fighting Forces
July 1962
Panel: 2 15/16 x 2 3/8 in. (7.5 x 6 cm)

Kanigher, Robert (editor). Our Fighting Forces 69 (July 1962), National Periodical Publications, Inc. (DC).  

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Our Fighting Forces
SRC 20470
Our Fighting Forces
July 1962
Panel: 2 1/2 x 2 3/8 in. (6.4 x 6 cm)

Kanigher, Robert (editor). Our Fighting Forces 69 (July 1962), National Periodical Publications, Inc. (DC).

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Our Fighting Forces
SRC 20475
Our Fighting Forces
October 1962
Panel: 3 x 1 3/8 in. (7.6 x 3.5 cm)

Kanigher, Robert (editor). Our Fighting Forces 71 (October 1962), National Periodical Publications, Inc. (DC). 

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Secret Hearts
SRC 20509
Secret Hearts
January 1963
Panel: 2 5/8 x 3 in. (6.7 x 7.6 cm)

Reed, Phyllis (editor). Secret Hearts 85 (January 1963), Arleigh Publishing Corporation (DC).   

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Secret Hearts
SRC 20573
Secret Hearts
December 1967
Panel: 3 1/4 x 3 in. (8.3 x 7.6 cm)

Miller, Jack (editor). Secret Hearts 124 (December 1967), National Periodical Publications, Inc. (DC).

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Walt Disney's Comics & Stories
SRC 20661
Walt Disney's Comics & Stories
April 1958
Panel detail: 2 1/8 x 1 15/16 in. (5.4 x 4.9 cm)

Walt Disney's Comics and Stories 18, no. 7 (April 1958), K.K. Publications, Inc., with Walt Disney Productions (Dell).

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Wonder Woman
SRC 20689
Wonder Woman
1948
Panel: 2 3/4 x 2 in. (7 x 5.1 cm)

Ellsworth, Whitney (editor), Charles Moulton (writing), and Harry G. Peter (illustrator). Wonder Woman 32 (November–December 1948), National Comics Publications, Inc. (DC).

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Wonder Woman
SRC 20700
Wonder Woman
December 1981
Panel: 2 11/16 x 2 5/16 in. (6.8 x 5.9 cm)

Wein, Len (editor), Ross Andru (illustrator), and Dick Giordano (illustrator). Wonder Woman 286 (December 1981), DC Comics Inc.

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Young Romance
SRC 20728
Young Romance
December 1963–January 1964
Panel detail: 2 5/8 x 1 1/8 in. (6.7 x 2.9 cm)

Nadle, L.M. (editor). Young Romance 127 (December 1963–January 1964), Arleigh Publishing Corporation (DC).

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Young Romance
SRC 20733
Young Romance
December 1963–January 1964
Panel: 2 1/2 x 2 7/8 in. (6.4 x 7.3 cm)

Nadle, L.M. (editor). Young Romance 127 (December 1963–January 1964), Arleigh Publishing Corporation (DC).  

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Blondie Comics
SRC 20739
Blondie Comics
Autumn 1947
Panel detail: 2 3/16 x 1 7/16 in. (5.6 x 3.7 cm)

Young, Chic (illustrator). Blondie Comics 3 (Autumn 1947), David McKay Company.  

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Girls' Romances
SRC 20768
Girls' Romances
September 1961
Panel: 2 1/4 x 2 15/16 in. (5.7 x 7.5 cm)

Reed, Phyllis (editor). Girls' Romances 78 (September 1961), Signal Publishing Company. 

Related Artwork
Heart Throbs
SRC 20869
Heart Throbs
February–March 1964
Panel: 2 7/8 x 2 7/8 in. (7.3 x 7.3 cm)

Nadle, L.M. (editor). Heart Throbs 88 (February–March 1964), Arleigh Publishing Corporation (DC).  

Related Artwork
Secret Hearts
SRC 20875
Secret Hearts
April 1964
Panel: 2 3/4 x 3 in. (7 x 7.6 cm)

Nadle, L.M. (editor). Secret Hearts 95 (April 1964), Arleigh Publishing Corporation (DC). 

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Blonde [panel from unidentified comic book]
SRC 20892
Blonde [panel from unidentified comic book]
Date unknown
Panel: 2 3/4 x 3 in. (7 x 7.6 cm)
Related Artwork
Girls' Romances
SRC 21214
Girls' Romances
January 1962
Panel: 2 3/4 x 3 in. (7 x 7.6 cm)

Reed, Phyllis (editor). Girls' Romances 81 (January 1962), Arleigh Publishing Corporation (National Romance Group).

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Winnie Winkle
SRC 21215
Winnie Winkle
July 16, 1961

Branner, Martin (illustrator). "Winnie Winkle." Chicago Tribune (Comics Feature Magazine), July 16, 1961, p. 4.

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Steve Roper
SRC 21221
Steve Roper
August 6, 1961

Overgard, William (artist), and Allen Saunders (author). Steve Roper (August 6, 1961), Publishers Syndicate.

Heart Throbs
SRC 21247
Heart Throbs
February–March 1963
Panel: 4 x 2 in. (10.2 x 5.1 cm)

Reed, Phyllis (editor). Heart Throbs 82 (February–March 1963), Arleigh Publishing Corporation (DC).  

Related Artwork
Secret Hearts
SRC 21248
Secret Hearts
June 1963
Panel: 2 5/8 x 3 in. (6.7 x 7.6 cm)

Reed, Phyllis (editor). Secret Hearts 88 (June 1963), Arleigh Publishing Corporation (DC). 

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Dinosaur [panel from unidentified comic book]
SRC 21451
Dinosaur [panel from unidentified comic book]
Date unknown
9 3/4 x 7 1/2 in. (24.5 x 19 cm)
Related Artwork
Girls' Romances
SRC 21887
Girls' Romances
September 1961
Panel: 2 3/4 x 3 in. (7 x 7.6 cm)

Reed, Phyllis (editor). Girls' Romances 78 (September 1961), Signal Publishing Company.

Related Artwork
Girls' Romances
SRC 21889
Girls' Romances
September 1961
Panel: 2 1/2 x 3 in. (6.4 x 7.6 cm)

Reed, Phyllis (editor). Girls' Romances 78 (September 1961), Signal Publishing Company.

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Thimble Theatre
SRC 21903
Thimble Theatre
1961

Sagendorf, Bud (artist). Thimble Theatre Starring Popeye (1961), King Features Syndicate, Inc.

Related Artwork
Girls' Romances
SRC 21914
Phyllis Reed (editor)
Girls' Romances
September 1961
Panel: 2 1/2 x 3 in. (6.4 x 7.6 cm)

Reed, Phyllis (editor). Girls' Romances 78 (September 1961), Signal Publishing Company.

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Buck Rogers
SRC 21915
Buck Rogers
Date unknown
Related Artwork
X-Men
SRC 21917
X-Men
September 1963

Kirby, Jack (artist), and Paul Reinman (artist). X-Men 1 (September 1963), Marvel.

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G.I. Combat
SRC 21921
G.I. Combat
June–July 1962
Panel: 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 in. (7 x 7 cm)

Kanigher, Robert (editor). G.I. Combat 94 (June–July 1962), National Periodical Publications, Inc. (DC). 

Related Artwork
Secret Hearts
SRC 21926
Secret Hearts
December 1967
Panel: 4 1/2 x 3 1/8 in. (11.4 x 7.9 cm)

Miller, Jack (editor). Secret Hearts 124 (December 1967), National Periodical Publications (DC).

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