ZAP! POW! BAM! The Superhero @ Skirball

February 19-August 9, 2009 @ SKIRBALL

Through never-before exhibited art and objects culled from private and institutional collections, ZAP! POW! BAM! The Superhero: The Golden Age of Comic Books, 1938-1950 explores the genesis of cultural icons such as Superman, Batman, Captain Marvel, Wonder Woman, and Captain America.

The exhibition features rare vintage artwork and books, 1940s Hollywood movie serials, and colorful interactive displays including a drawing studio, a newsstand, a vintage Batmobile ride, and stations that allow children to dress up as Superheroes or transform themselves via a quick costume change in a telephone booth.

Guest curator Jerry Robinson brings a long history as a comic book industry insider to the exhibition. Working with Batman co-creators Bob Kane and Bill Finger, Robinson named Robin, Batman's young protégé. Robinson also co-created The Joker, Batman's nemesis and one of the first Super-Villains.

Related Lectures @ Skirball
Thursday, March 5, 8:00pm - Curator's Talk: The Golden Age of Comic Books w/ Jerry Robinson
Tuesday, May 12, 7:30 pm-From Krakow to Krypton: Jews and Comic Books w/ Arie Kaplan

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