Would you believe the artist who designed in Roman letters the motto engraved atop New York City’s Penn Station post office, “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night…,” is the same man who designed the iconic Superman logo? Both are the works of Ira Schnapp (1892-1969), a descendant of stonecutters and hand-letterer who defined the “house style” of DC Comics for over 30 years, starting with the Action Comics logo in 1938, and continuing with scores of famous logos for the company, as well as hundreds of house ads that are among some of the greatest examples of hand-lettering in the 20th Century! Yet, despite all these ubiquitous works, Schnapp’s name and legacy are unknown and forgotten. But comic book historian Arlen Schumer (The Silver Age of Comic Book Art, www.arlenschumer.com
) aims to change that with this presentation, based on the Schnapp exhibit he curated and designed for the Type Directors Club of New York (http://13thdimension.com/review-arlen-schumers-outstanding-ira-schnapp-exhibit/
), running until 9/25/15.