On Sunday, July 22 @ 4:00pm in Room 32AB, I’ll be presenting my new VisuaLecture on “The Origin of Jack Kirby’s Black Panther
“...illustrator and comic book historian Arlen Schumer (The Silver Age of Comic Book Art) shows and tells the fascinating comic book origins and background of the Marvel Comics character, now a cinematic superstar, and how these are—and are not—reflected in the smash 2018 film.”
BP 2018


Arlen Schumer’s NEW VisuaLecture 
The Galleria at White Plains, New York
Saturday, May 12 @ 2pm
"Marvel Studios released their long-awaited and much-anticipated Black Panther film in February 2018, a cinematic version of the Marvel Comics superhero that artist/storyteller Jack Kirby created back in 1965 as The Coal Tiger, a black superhero without a full-face mask—or mask of any sort—that The Black Panther would eventually wear when he debuted in print in ’66. The circumstances surrounding this drastic change, along with details and insight into the character’s fascinating origin and background that Kirby gave him, and how these are—and are not—reflected in the movie, will be discussed and shown by comic book art historian and illustrator Arlen Schumer (who’ll also be signing copies of his hardcover art history book, The Silver Age of Comic Book Art)."
BP 2018


Monmouth University, April 12-15, 2018:

“Welcome to the inaugural academic conference sponsored by the Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music. Convened on the beautiful campus of Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey, the conference will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Bruce Springsteen’s 1978 classic album Darkness on the Edge of Town.

“Pre-conference activities will commence on Thursday, April 12th, and conclude on the afternoon of Sunday, April 15th. The conference will welcome an international roster of participants, as well as a host of keynote speakers and musical acts celebrating the life and times of the Jersey Shore and popular music.”


VisuaLecture by Arlen Schumer on Saturday, April 14th:

“2018 marks the 40th Anniversary of Bruce Springsteen's Darkness On The Edge of Town, acknowledged as one of his greatest albums--and September 19th, 2018 will mark the 40th Anniversary of what many consider his and The E Street Band's greatest single show: the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey.

“Why this particular show? Why does it stand out from not only all the other amazing Darkness tour performances, but from Bruce's entire performing career? There are many reasons--and that's what my presentation will be all about.

"I was in the 6th row of the landmark show, 20 years old at the time, and the art director of Thunder Road magazine, the first Springsteen fan publication. My photographer friend took color photographs of the concert, the only color images from the show that exist. I've written about the show over the years, and, in honor of the show's 40th Anniversary, have put together a multi-media lecture presentation that recreates the concert in words, images and music.”

For more information and to register:

BRUCE brochure outside

COMIC BOOKS & THE TWILIGHT ZONE VisuaLecture at New York Wintercon!

Saturday, December 2 @ 2pm

Resort World Casino, New York

Did Rod Serling, creator and head writer of the legendary TV series The Twilight Zone, read EC Comics? According to Serling’s widow, Rod was “ admirer of fantasy and horror tales...his library was full of books by Poe and Lovecraft, Shelley and James, and work by their ‘great-grandchildren,’ published in Fantasy & Science Fiction, Galaxy and If.” But did Rod’s library include comic books too, like the (in-)famous 1950’s EC horror and science-fiction titles with their shocking twist endings that so many Twilight Zone episodes resemble? Illustrator, comic book historian and Twilight Zone scholar Arlen Schumer (author/designer of the coffee table books The Silver Age of Comic Book Art and Visions from The Twilight Zone) will answer that question with his tantalizing VisuaLecture, “submitted for your approval.”

TZ COMICS wintercon 1500