Last week's rains destroyed books, exhibition reproductions, equipment and "hundreds and hundreds and hundreds, probably thousands of comic books" stored at the ToonSeum's North Side warehouse, museum officials said today.
Joe Wos, museum executive director, said none of the comic books were of "extreme value, [there was] no 'Batman No. 1,'" but he estimated total value of material lost to flooding caused by a leaky roof at $20,000 to $25,000.
"I guess the best way to put it, the warehouse was where we kept things that did not individually have high value, but put together [were] worth a large amount," he said.
Much of the material was waiting for transfer to the ToonSeum's new on-site library.
Some of the books and comic books are replaceable. Others, he said, will be "very difficult to replace." Still others, Mr. Wos said, "will take time more than anything else. It'll just take time to find everything."
Mr. Wos said the museum will have to find a new storage facility, at least until the roof of the current warehouse is repaired.
He said the museum would turn to its supporters for financial help.
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