This is the story of the 20th century’s most controversial art style, from the early days of being labeled as mere artistic plagiarism, to eventually commanding some of the highest art auction prices in the entire art world.
Join New York Adventure Club and illustrator & pop culture historian Arlen Schumer (author/designer, The Silver Age of Comic Book Art), as we explore the history of Pop Art, and analyze the foundational works and artists — like Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, and Mel Ramos — that have come to define its style. It’ll make you see Pop Art as if for the first time!
What Elvis was to rock & roll—what Babe Ruth was to baseball—what Picasso was to Modern Art—Jack Kirby was to comic book art!
THE GREAT COMIC BOOK ARTISTS OF THE SILVER AGE free webinar series by Arlen Schumer #3 JACK KIRBY:
Wednesday, March 31 @ 6:00pm EST
• Kirby created and co-created a nearly endless stream of characters and concepts, from Captain America and nearly all the Marvel Universe superheroes to The New Gods and The Eternals, that now form the foundations of American film and television empires;
• He developed entire comic book genres, like romance comics;
• He defined his own graphic vocabulary, much like D.W. Griffith did for film, that has influenced generations of artists, writers and storytellers.
But as great as Kirby’s successes were, he himself is also one of the greatest victims of the corporate system that denied a creator ownership of his creations. And therein lies the heart of the Kirby story: his comics, his creations, his credit.
In this third installment of THE GREA T COMIC BOOK ARTISTS OF THE SILVER AGE webinar series by comic book art historian Arlen Schumer (author/designer, The Silver Age of Comic Book Art), running the last Wednesday of each month in 2021, each of the dozen artists’ Silver Age-era work is delved into, discussed, and boldly displayed on screen in ways that graphically communicate comic book art’s sequential, page-turning nature, so you’ll truly “see,” as if for the first time, the comics you’ve only “read” your whole life.
“For Jor-el so loved the world he gave his only begotten son, with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men!”
Ever since superheroes first burst upon the American scene in the late 1930s, they have always used their mighty super powers defending the causes of “truth, justice and the American way,” to quote the famous motto of the first superhero, Superman.
But there is something more, something embedded in the superhero mythos that goes deeper than their surface feats of derring-do. Because for all of their mighty displays of super-strength, speed, flight, heightened senses or occult, supernatural powers, the greatest superpower of them all is the power of love: the love every superhero has for the people they’re protecting from harm or rescuing from the forces of evil.
Some of the most memorable stories in the history of comics have been about superheroes sacrificing their lives for their friends, families, or mankind itself. “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends,” from John 15:13, is one of the most memorable passages in The New T estament.
Join New York Adventure Club and award-winning comic book-style illustrator and historian Arlen Schumer (author/designer, The Silver Age of Comic Book Art) as we explore how superheroes in American comic book history have always reflected Christological aspects of heroism and self-sacrifice, whether overtly or unconsciously, in this uplifting webinar filled with stylized images from both comic book history and the broader popular culture.
American Jews not only created the original superheroes—they created the American comic book itself! “The People of The Book” became “The people of the comic book”!
One day in 1933, newspaper publisher Max Gaines (nee Ginzburg) came up with a novel idea: he took some pages of his tabloid-sized Sunday newspaper comics, folded them over twice, and stapled them on the side—creating the comic book as we know it! That same year, two 18-year-old aspiring newspaper cartoonists from Cleveland, writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster, created a character whom they hoped to sell to the very newspaper syndicates who worked with Gaines: Superman! And the rest, as they say, is history!
Thus began the history of comic books and superheroes, largely created by American Jews like Gaines, Siegel and Shuster, for their innovations sparked a 20th Century American pop culture explosion that has only gained in prominence and stature here in the 21st Century!
So join New York Adventure Club and award-winning comic book-style illustrator and historian Arlen Schumer(author/designer, The Silver Age of Comic Book Art) as we explore the specific Jewish creation of the American superhero and its antecedents in older, ancient myths—from Ben Grimm to the Golem—as well as the significant contributions Jews have made to the medium of comic book art itself, in this uplifting webinar filled with stylized images from both comic book history and the broader popular culture!
You’ve WATCHED the Sean Connery James Bond films for 60 years—now SEE them for the FIRST time!
In my FREE Connery/Bond WEBINAR series,
THE SEAN CONNERY BOND CANON: THE FIRST FOUR FILMS,
I present multimedia overviews that feature:
•Hard to find behind-the-scenes production photos and documentary films–often shot by BOND crew members themselves!
•Rare advertising films and promotional materials!
•The “greatest hits”—film clips and stills—from each Connery classic!
So you’ll not only “see” the first 4 Connery Bond films in a fresh, new light, but, through my commentary and insight, you’ll also appreciate them anew in the context of their times, as the beginnings of the modern action film, and part and parcel of the creative pop culture explosion that was the 1960s!
In the first installment, 1962’s DR. NO, you’ll learn:
• How former bodybuilder and newcomer to the silver screen, the Scottish Sean Connery, got the coveted role of the iconic British secret service agent!
• Why the director of DR. NO, Terence Young, is perhaps more responsible for the shaping of the cinematic version of Bond than his literary creator, Ian Fleming!
•Why–and how—a Caucasian actor portrayed the Asian Dr. No!
The famous skyline, buildings, and environment of New York City have been as much a part of American comic art history as any of its most famous characters and superheroes who lived in it, and whose exploits and adventures took place there–even if they lived in thinly-disguised versions of the City, like Superman’s Metropolis and Batman’s Gotham City.
And as the 20th Century gave way to the 21st, and graphic novels became the dominant comic art medium, New York City has been part and parcel of it all: the legendary Will Eisner’s 1978 A Contract with God, hailed as the first “graphic novel,” took place in the City, influencing other prolific graphic novelists like New Yorkers Ben Katchor (The Jew of New York) and Peter Kuper (his collection of short stories, New York City).
SOME OF THE GREATEST COMIC BOOK ARTISTS of our time created some of their greatest works during The Silver Age of Comics (circa 1956-1972); they not only drew definitive versions of the medium’s greatest characters—the ones being made into films and television shows today—but often set trends in the art of comic book storytelling itself!
So come join New York Adventure Club and renowned illustrator and pop culture historian Arlen Schumer for his webinar based on the award-winning book he wrote & designed, The Silver Age of Comic Book Art, as he explores the origins of the superhero tradition, its personification of American ideals and values, and how these attitudes and portrayals changed during that most turbulent of 20th Century decades, the 1960s.
You’ll see where Hollywood’s love affair with superheroes comes from—and you’ll see comics like you’ve never seen them before!
FREE Bruce Springsteen LIVE Retropsective webinar Wednesday night, March 10 @ 6:00pm EST:
“Though Bruce Springsteen has long been acknowledged as one of (if not the) greatest live performers in rock & roll history, film and videos of his greatest live performances are not as well known or widely seen, especially his earliest ones, because he came to prominence in the pre-video 1970s.
“But now Springsteen historian Arlen Schumer (art director of the first Springsteen fan publication, Thunder Road, and longtime contributor to the current one, Backstreets; see his Bruce-works at: https://arlenschumer.com/springsteen/) has curated a collection of what he considers Bruce’s best performance films and videos from throughout his long and storied career.
“Interspersed with still images that give historical background to each performance, along with his usual insightful pop culture commentary, Schumer’s webinar will make you see and hear Bruce Springsteen’s music and career as if for the first time!”
IS IT POSSIBLE to compare the fabled historic works of fine art with the more modern works of…comic book art?
Award-winning comic book-style illustrator and pop culture historian Arlen Schumer (author/designer, The Silver Age of Comic Book Art) believes that just as art historians look back 500 years ago on the great Renaissance masters of the human figure like Michelangelo and Raphael, so too will art historians 500 years from now look back on the great masters of the human figure of our time, our great comic book artists like Jack Kirby, Neal Adams, Joe Kubert, Carmine Infantino, Gil Kane—to name a few.
Yet in fine art circles, it is still considered “blasphemous” to compare/contrast the two sets of artists.
So join New York Adventure Club and Schumer as we compare and contrast the great artists and great artworks from the worlds of fine art and comic books, curating a fascinating journey through art…and comic book art!