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Richard Comely papers

Identifier: MSS 9218

Scope and Contents

Contains published comics and promotional materials for Captain Canuck and other projects created by Richard Comely. Includes comic books, posters, flyers, and other items related to Comely's career as a professional artist. Includes work he did for hire, teaching materials, and family papers as well. Materials dated approximately 1970 to 2019.


  • 1970-2019


Conditions Governing Access

Box 24 restricted until 2049. All other materials are open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical / Historical

Richard Comely was born in Oxford, England, on October 9, 1950. He relocated to Canada in 1953, and has since resided in Manitoba, Ontario, and Alberta. Comely went on to marry his wife, Evelyn, in 1975, and together they have 8 children. Comely has worked as a commercial artist and writer since his teens. He began publishing his Captain Canuck comic book series in early 1975, which has been published on and off for approximately 40 years. He has also written and illustrated children's books, syndicated newspaper features, greeting cards, for advertising, promotional videos and for television. He designed and manufactures the ComelyCrane, a portable, extendable jib arm. In 2012, Richard entered into an exclusive licensing agreement with Fadi Hakim to produce animation, new Captain Canuck comic book series, merchandise, and pursue licensing ventures under Captain Canuck Incorporated. Comely is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and is an active member of his community.


10 cartons (10 linear ft.)

2 half boxes (0.5 linear ft..)

1 media box (0.33 linear ft.)

2 oversize boxes (1.4 linear ft.)

7 oversize folders (1.3 linear ft.)

1 folder (0.01 linear ft.)

1 box (0.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged in five series: 1. Richard Comely papers on Captain Canuck, 1970-2019. 2. Richard Comely papers on other creative works, approximately 1970-2018. 3. Richard Comely papers on for-hire work, 1980-2009. 4. Richard Comely teaching materials, 1989-2008. 5. Comely family papers, 1976-2018.

Custodial History

Donated by Richard Comely in 2018 and 2019.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Richard Comely; January 2019.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Richard Comely; 2018.


LDS cultural, including popular culture; LDS family; social; intellectual; and religious history (21st Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection development policy V.b.v.1.).

Processing Information

Processed; Chelsea McNeil; 2019.

Processing Information

Processed; Ivy Griffiths; June 2023.

  • 1 box of duplicate publications, mostly magazines, pamphlets and fliers, and folder of weeded items, including plastic bags for salted peanuts and chips.
Register of Richard Comely papers
In Progress
Chelsea McNeil
2019 July 9
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States