on The Super Type of Ira Schnapp
Just got back from SDCC where I saw, among other interesting things, Arlen Schumer
's great lecture on Ira Schnapp and his contribution to the look and ambiance of DC comics in the Silver Age.
Folks, this kind of scholarship that connects comic art with wider trends in fine art and culture - best embodied in Arlen's Silver Age of Comic Book Art book - is what will keep the Silver Age we love relevant and VALUABLE to future generations of fans. It's great to appreciate the stories in the context of our own personal lives ("I remember when that book came out!"), or within the narrow scope of comics history, but just about every comic fan under 40 no longer has the interest or attachment to this material that we do, and sooner or later that will be reflected in the market value of the books and art.
One good reason for the culture to pay attention is because of the influence that comic artists like Kirby, Infantino and Steranko have had on graphic design, down to the present day. Arlen is one of the very few people informed and passionate enough to make the case, and he's doing it in the face of an art world that is still largely ignorant or indifferent to the talents of these geniuses.
The best way to make sure this kind of scholarship gains traction is to make it successful: that is, BUY ARLEN'S BOOK and talk it up to your friends! No one can afford to do this caliber of work for free, and if we don't support work like his, who will? Plus, if you call yourself a fan of Silver Age art, this work belongs on your shelf. This isn't a plug for Arlen: it's a plug for us, the stuff we love, and a rare opportunity to influence the wider conversation.