Marschall is a member of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honorary society (for “Conspicuous Attainments and Scholarship in the Field of History”). He holds a BA in American History from the American University in Washington DC, and his Master’s Thesis (American Studies) was on the early American graphic satire magazines. His specialty is the period between the Civil War and World War I, with emphasis on Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt. His collection of vintage newspapers and magazines, political and paper Americana, cartoon and advertising items, books and original artwork, is among the largest of such private collections in America. Bostonia magazine has called Marschall “perhaps America’s foremost authority on popular culture.”
A former political cartoonist, he has been an editor at three newspaper and at Marvel Comics. He has contributed articles, vintage images, and historical consultation to American Heritage; American History Illustrated; Horizon; WORLD Magazine; The American Book Collector; Diversion; EXPLORE!; The Comics Journal; Columbia Journalism Review; Wilson Quarterly; and The International Journal of Comic Art Studies. Marschall also launched the magazines nemo, the classic comics library and Hogan's Alley, the Journal of the Cartoon Arts. His vintage-cartoon reprint projects have won awards in the US, France, Germany, and Italy. Marschall has spoken overseas on behalf of the US Information Service of the State Department, and in 1995 he was consultant to the US Postal Service for the 20-stamp commemorative series, American Comic Classics.
Marschall established Rosebud Archives, specializing in reclaiming vintage American graphic art in various media, with Jon Barli. His biography of Johann Sebastian Bach was published (April 2011) by Thomas Nelson Publishers; and his biography of Theodore Roosevelt, BULLY!, illustrated exclusively by vintage cartoons and vintage graphics, will be published in October 2011 by Regnery History. Lately Marschall has been active in the Christian field, including producing a weekly blog, Monday Morning Music Ministry RosebudArchives RickMarschallArts