Bill Finger Talk

"BATMAN, BOB KANE & BILL FINGER" gallery talk Thursday May 15, 2014, 6:00 pm EST, Art on A Gallery, 24 Avenue A NYC—and LIVE-STREAMED video at!

On the occasion of the 75th Anniversary of Batman's first published appearance in May 1939, I discuss the behind-the-scenes origin of the character, with specific attention paid to the unsung co-creator role of Kane's writer and partner, Bill Finger. This logo image is based on Kane's first "Bat-Man" sketch that he showed to Finger before Finger made all the suggestions that "...made Batman, Batman"!

ARLEN Comic portfolio Page 27

For more, read my "BAT-MAN COVER STORY" for Alter Ego #5, 1999:

Batman Cover

Framed 18"x24" print of my Alter Ego cover without type, available for sale at the Art on A Gallery!

Michael Dooley Mini-Review of "Life, Art and Comic Book Art"

Life, Art and Comic Book Art lecture

Michael Dooley is an editor for the online version of PRINT magazine, the trade magazine of graphic design, and teaches Design & The History of Design at Arts Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA; he just Facebooked this post:

"Arlen's 'Life and Art' presentation was an entertaining, informative, enjoyable success. If you missed his live appearance/broadcast, which just ended, you can enjoy it in 'unreal time' here..."


Art on A Flyer #1
Art on A Flyer #1

I’m proud to announce my first art gallery exhibition, of works that span my entire career, at Art on A Gallery in New York City, May 1-June 5, 2014! Plus lectures & other events (scroll down)! From the press release:

"The Art of Arlen Schumer" contains originals, prints and posters spanning 1978-2014 that cover the career of this artist, author, graphic designer, illustrator and American pop culture/comic book art historian—from images created for one of Bruce Springsteen’s most legendary concerts in 1978 while a student at Rhode Island School of Design, to comic book-style commercial illustrations for magazines, greeting cards and off-Broadway show posters, to comic book art history works and more autobiographical imagery. From Springsteen to Superman, from Christ to Captain Israel, you’ll be surprised at the spectrum Schumer’s artworks span.

In addition to the exhibition, Mr. Schumer will be presenting a series of lectures each Thursday evening of the exhibition’s duration that give background and context to his exhibited works:

  • May 8: "Life, Art and Comic Book Art": a retrospective overview of Schumer’s twin careers as comic book-style illustrator and comic book art historian.
  • May 15: "Batman, Bob Kane and Bill Finger": on the occasion of the 75th Anniversary of Batman’s first published appearance in May 1939, Schumer discusses the behind-the-scenes origin of the character, with specific attention paid to the unsung co-creator role of Kane’s writer and partner, Bill Finger.
  • May 29: "Man and Superman": the role Superman has played in Schumer’s life, art and career, from childhood sketches to adult illustrations and comic art history works.
  • June 5: "The Silver Age of Comic Book Art": Based on his comic book art history book, Schumer explores the origins of the superhero traditions and their personification of American ideals and values, and how these attitudes and portrayals changed during the turbulent decade of the 1960s. You'll not only see where Hollywood's love affair with superhero movies comes from—you'll see comics projected like you've never seen them before!

All lectures begin at 6:00pm.

And on May 22, there’ll be a Comic Costume Party in the Gallery, as Geminis Schumer (June 6) and Gallery manager/curator Grace Perez (May 28) celebrate their birthdays together! Come dressed as your favorite comic book character! The party begins at 6:00pm!

Look for the event page on Facebook.


Fathers of the Dark Knight Poster

From the playwright/director of the upcoming off-Broadway play Fathers of the Dark Knight, Roberto Williams:

"Comic Book artist Arlen Schumer has stunned and delighted the entire FATHERS OF THE DARK KNIGHT production team with his final rendering of the play's official one-sheet theatrical poster! This beautiful design far surpasses my expectations, and it is a most welcome example of this production's every effort to seek the highest possible quality at every turn! We are forever indebted to Mr. Schumer for his most brilliant contribution, and we proudly welcome him as an official member of the FOTDK production team!"

Fathers of the Dark Knight Poster Sketch

Re: the bat-head on top of the H; if you look at this rough sketch, it wasn't even in there, because I thought it would hurt the "reading" of the H! I owe it to Robby Reed of the great comics history blogazine DIAL B FOR BLOG for making the suggestion! —Arlen