"Heroes of Comic Art" on Display at the Arts Council of Princeton

by Neil A. Cole

The Arts Council of Princeton presents Heroes of Comic Art, featuring original published artworks by Jack Kirby, Gil Kane, Carmine Infantino, Joe Kubert, Curt Swan, John Buscema, Jack Davis, Steve Ditko and other great artists that created many of the comic heroes that we enjoy in today’s books and films.

Each artist in this exhibition have made major contributions to the history of the comic books as we know them. In 1940, Jack Kirby and writer-editor Joe Simon created the highly successful superhero character, Captain America for Timely Comics, predecessor of Marvel Comics. During the 1960s, Kirby and Stan Lee co-created the Fantastic Four, the Mighty Thor, the X-men and the Incredible Hulk among other characters for Marvel. Steve Ditko also co-created Spider-man. Previously, the DC Comics Carmine Infantino had introduced the Flash to readers which sparked the renewed interest in superhero comics. This allowed artists like Joe Kubert (Hawkman) and Gil Kane (Green Latern) to follow suit and reintroduce other characters, initiating what historians consider to be the Silver Age of Comics. The original pages are all included in this exhibition.

“At some point I became aware that I could own the original drawings used in the publication of the comics that educated and entertained me through my formative years,” Charles David Viera says on his collection, “Partly for their artistic value and partly for nostalgia purposes, I am presenting this exhibition of the true comic book heroes, the artists themselves.”

An exhibition of Viera’s own original work, Narrative Paintings, will simultaneously be displayed in the Arts Council’s Lower Level Gallery from January 3 through February 3, 2018. Viera’s narrative works have rarely been displayed as a group and are the focus of this exhibition which coincides with a special class Narrative Painting: Making a Statement, which will be offered at the Arts Council on Saturday, January 20 from 1-2:30pm.

The "Heroes of Comic Art" exhibit will be on display from January 13th - March 13th at the Arts Council of Princeton Paul Robeson Center located at 102 Witherspoon Street in Princeton, NJ.