How To Use This Site

The searchable archive currently contains nearly 1,500,000 images of our syndicated comic and editorial features. Most date back to the beginning of the feature's syndication unless otherwise indicated. The most recent images are one week old. If you need this week's images, please contact us.


Search Tips

Simple and Advanced Search Options

The Simple Search allows you to search by feature and keyword. The Advanced Search Option allows you to search by feature release date or category use. You can use the Search Features to:

  • Search for more than one feature at a time.
  • Search for images by date.
  • Search for only Sunday images.

Keyword

The keyword search will look in the dialog, caption, description, and category fields. You can use any keyword that you think might be associated with the cartoon. The results will pull cartoons with the keyword you entered. Character names may also be used. When you enter a particular character name, cartoons will pull with that character in it or the other characters talking about that character. Example: Wormwood will bring up cartoons featuring the character of Mrs. Wormwood and cartoons that include her name in the text.

Categories

All images in the Andrews McMeel Universal Reprints system have been assigned at least one of the category terms from the following list:

  • Agriculture
  • Animals
  • Art
  • Books
  • Buildings & architecuture
  • Business & Economy
  • Clothing & Fashion
  • Communication Methods
  • Education
  • Emotions & Mental States
  • Entertainment
  • Food
  • Furnishings
  • Gifts
  • Health & Medicine
  • Hobbies & Handicrafts
  • Home & Garden
  • Hunting & Fishing
  • Law & Legal Issues
  • Literature
  • Media
  • Military
  • Music
  • Nature
  • Occupations & Employment
  • Organizations
  • People
  • Politics & Government
  • Relationships
  • Religion
  • Science
  • Social Issues
  • Special Events
  • Sports & Recreation
  • Supernatural
  • Symbols
  • Technology
  • Time
  • Toys
  • Traditions & Customs
  • Travel & Transportation

To search by category, either select one or more category terms from the list, or enter one or more category terms in the keyword search box. You can combine category terms with other keywords, such as dialog or caption text. For example, to find images related to the economy which also mention Alan Greenspan, you could use this as a search query: economy and greenspan.

Image Descriptions: The keyword search also looks in image descriptions. The descriptions contain more detail about each image and make it possible to find images that didn't contain any dialog. For example, even though the term terrorism is not in the list of category terms, it will appear in the description of any image that relates to that subject.

Release Date / Date Range

The dates in this archive refer to domestic (U.S.) syndication dates — meaning the date that the image was released to newspapers. An image may have more than one release date. You can search for either the original release date, or on any subsequent release date.

To locate an image with a specific release date, enter the same date in both the from and to fields.

Viewing Results of your Search

View Images by Default: Select this option if you want to see comic images in the search results. This option is recommended only if you have a fast connection to the Internet.

View Text Summaries Only: Select this option if you have a slow connection to the Internet (e.g. dial-up). The dialog and caption text of images will display in the search results, and you can decide which images you wish to view.

Retrieve Sunday Comics Only: Select this option if you wish to limit your search to only Sunday comics.

Viewing Results of your Search

Results are displayed five per "page"; to view the next five images, use the navigation buttons at the bottom of the screen.

Images are displayed in date order, oldest to newest.

Request Reprint Permissions

  • Click the Add to Cart next to any image(s) for which you want reprint permissions.
  • When you have finished selecting images, click the View Cart button at the top of the Search Results page.
  • If you are done searching click the Checkout button. If you would like to search again click the Continue Searching button.
  • At the Checkout page you will be asked to fill in your information. Our Reprint Permissions department will need this information in order to contact you.

Please Note: Submission of your request does not guarantee that reprint rights will be granted. A member of our Reprint Permissions team will be in contact with you within 48hrs to determine whether or not your request is approved.

For Assistance

If you would like assistance in locating images, please contact our Reprint Permissions Department at 1-800-255-6734 or universalreprints@amuniversal.com.

There may be a fee associated with a customized search, but this fee will be applied to the final cost of your request.