FRANK ROBBINS live gallery talk
Friday, June 25 @ 6:30 pm
In conjunction with our current exhibition, “FRANK ROBBINS: The Prodigy” (May 26-July 4), featuring the lesser-known body of paintings by the famed comic book writer and artist, we are excited to present a collateral gallery talk, “REQUIEM FOR ROBBINS: The DC Comics Art of Frank Robbins,” by comic book art historian Arlen Schumer (author/designer, The Silver Age of Comic Book Art).
In 1971 Robbins, already established for years as a DC Comics writer on their Batman titles, became the first creative talent to both write and illustrate a Batman story in the character’s published history, the first of four that Robbins would execute over the next year; then, in 1974, Robbins illustrated for DC four issues of one of Batman’s major inspirations, The Shadow. Both of Robbins’ runs created considerable controversy among fans at the time for his radical, stylized approach to “superhero” illustration, one that continues to elicit strong reactions, fifty years later.
We invite you to hear comics historian Schumer give a detailed and visually dynamic presentation on these intriguing illustrated works by Frank Robbins —and discover what the controversy over Robbins’ comics is all about.
Please RSVP to info@shin-gallery to attend.
Arlen Schumer is a comic book-style illustrator and comics/pop culture historian—his book The Silver Age of Comic Book Art won the Independent Book Publishers Award for Best Popular Culture Book, ABC-TV’s 20/20 named him “one of the countryʼs preeminent authorities on comics and culture,” and Comic Book Artist magazine called him “one of the more articulate and enthusiastic advocates of comic book art in America.”