Faster Than A Speeding Bullet – The Art of the Superhero

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I have to share as this is just too cool to go without being seen as I havn’t seen the Press release sent out to many of the comic book news outlets.  Which is sad as it’s going to be an amazing few months and attract a lot of people to my fair city and it’s Art Gallery. However a Gallery show that is all Superhero Original art is hard to pass up. Especially when there be copies of Action Comics #1 and the first full comic produced in Famous Funnies. There is some amazing stuff here and the commissioned pieces for the show are equally as fantastic coming from artists such as Stuart Sayger and Mike Allred. Absolutely beautiful pieces that hopefully those readers in the US or the West Coast of the US will be interested in stopping by to check out.

The full original press release can be found here

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“Faster Than a Speeding Bullet: The Art of the Superhero” Exhibition to include “Action Comics #1”

The exhibition will be on view at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, September 26, 2009 – January 3, 2010

EUGENE, Ore. – (July 2, 2009) – The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon opens the special exhibition “Faster Than a Speeding Bullet: The Art of the Superhero.” Featuring rare and valuable works by some of the most admired artists in the history of superhero comics, gathered from private collections from across the country, the exhibition will also present an extremely rare copy of “Action Comics # 1,” featuring the first appearance of Superman. The exhibition breaks new ground in its critical evaluation of the art and cultural importance of this particular comic book genre.

“Faster Than a Speeding Bullet: The Art of the Superhero” will be on view in the museum’s Coeta and Donald Barker Gallery from September 26, 2009 through January 3, 2010. The exhibition will open with a free preview reception Friday, September 25, 2009 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

“Action Comics #1,” published in April 1938 (cover date June) by National Allied Publications, a corporate predecessor DC Comics. It is notable for the first appearance of Superman, created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. Fewer than one hundred copies of the original print run of 100,000 are known to have survived; the issue included in the exhibition is considered one of the best preserved. Also featured in the exhibition are “Superman #1,” the first issue of the character’s own comic book from 1939 and “Famous Funnies #1,” one of the first nationally distributed comic books in 1934, consisting of reprinted newspaper strips. These rare comics are on loan from Darrell Grimes, a private collector and owner of Nostalgia Comics in Eugene, Oregon.

On display will be key representations of such characters as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Fantastic Four, Spider‐Man, the X‐Men, and many others, by their most important and influential artists, as well as pages from more recent “mature audience” superhero comics such as Alan Moore’s “The Watchmen” and Frank Miller’s “The Dark Knight Returns.” In addition to its aesthetic focus, the exhibition examines the complex relationship between popular power fantasies and the forces of social change in subsections on the female superhero and superheroes of color.

Guest‐curated by Ben Saunders, a professor of English at the University of Oregon, “Faster Than A Speeding Bullet” explores the imaginative world of some of the most compelling fantasy figures to emerge from twentieth‐century popular culture — the superheroes of American comic books.  Consisting primarily of “original art” — the large‐sized pen‐and‐ink pages from which comic books are printed — it also includes painted cover images alongside a handful of private commissions.

ʺAlthough some comic artists have been lauded within our institutions of culture, so‐called “mainstream” comics — particularly superhero comics — have been overlooked. Such academic neglect is ironic, given that the public interest in superheroes has never been greater,” says Saunders. “This exhibition constitutes what is perhaps the first serious attempt to gather major works by some of the most prominent artists in the superhero genre, from the 1940s to present. We believe that the best superhero comic art of the last sixty years is at least as aesthetically valuable and worthy of attention as the more academically fashionable genres of underground and ‘alternative’ comic art.ʺ

The exhibition features over 150 pages of superhero comic art from the 1940s to the present, including several complete stories and key works by many major creators in the industry, including Neal Adams, C. C. Beck, John Buscema, Gene Colan, Steve Ditko, Will Eisner, Bill Everett, Lou Fine, Ramona Fradon, Dave Gibbons, Don Heck, Carmine Infantino, J. G. Jones, Gil Kane, Jack Kirby, Joe Kubert, Mort Meskin, Frank Miller, George Perez, H. G. Peter, Mac Raboy, Alex Ross, Marie Severin, Bill Sienkiewicz, Matt Wagner and many more.

Also on view will be three original works, commissioned by the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, for the exhibition by artists Mike Allred, Ramona Fradon and Stuart Sayger.

The catalog for “Faster than a Speeding Bullet,” will be released in fall 2009. In addition to reproductions of artwork from the exhibition, the catalog includes essays by Ben Saunders, Diana Schultz, Michael T. Gilbert, Charles Hatfield and Rebecca Wanzo, as well as biographies of the major artists.

About the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

The University of Oregonʹs Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art is a premier Pacific Northwest visual arts center for exhibitions and collections of historic and contemporary art based in a major university setting. The JSMA features significant collections galleries devoted to art from China, Japan, Korea, America and elsewhere as well as changing exhibition galleries. The JSMA is one of six museums in Oregon accredited by the American Association of Museums.

The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art is located on the University of Oregon campus at 1430 Johnson Lane. Museum hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through Sundays. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for senior citizens. Free admission is given to ages 18 and under, JSMA members, college students with ID, and University of Oregon faculty, staff and students. For information, contact the JSMA, 541‐346‐3027.

About the University of Oregon

The University of Oregon is a world‐class teaching and research institution and Oregonʹs flagship public university. The UO is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), an organization made up of 62 of the leading public and private research institutions in the United States and Canada. Membership in the AAU is by invitation only. The University of Oregon is one of only two AAU members in the Pacific Northwest.

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I’ll update as news on the show and full page lists are released but let it be known.  There are things here donated from many private collections meaning a lot of the art is stuff you won’t see in public that often

“Faster Than a Speeding Bullet: The Art of the Superhero” Exhibition to include
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