‘Captain America: A Fourth of July Celebration’
What better way to celebrate the Fourth of July than with the ultimate patriotic superhero, Captain America? It’s time to explore the story behind one of the most iconic superheroes, and how he was masterfully portrayed throughout the 20th-century.
Join New York Adventure Club as we explore the two greatest versions of the ultimate patriotic superhero, Captain America — Joe Simon and Jack Kirby’s 1941 original version and Jim Steranko’s 1969 reboot.
Led by award-winning comic book art illustrator and historian Arlen Schumer, this “visualecture” of both masterful takes on Captain America will include:
- The origin story of Captain America, his exploits in the 1940s, and his brief “comeback” as a “Commie Smasher” in the 1950s
- The overnight success of the comic book superhero, from selling millions of copies per issue to how he helped sell war bonds during World War II
- Why Jack Kirby said that Captain America was his favorite character to draw out of the universe of comic book characters he created in his seven-decade career
- The story behind why Jim Steranko had to take time off between issues two and three of his terrific triptych, spelled out by Kirby himself in a special one-issue “breather”
Afterward, we’ll have a Q&A with Arlen — any and all questions about Superman are welcomed and encouraged!
See you there, virtually! $10.
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Arlen Schumer, MFA is one of the foremost historians of comic book art, named by Comic Book Artist magazine in 1998 as “one of the more articulate and enthusiastic advocates of comic book art in America.” His coffee table book, The Silver Age of Comic Book Art, won the Independent Publishers Book Award for best Popular Culture book.
Schumer is also one of comic book art’s most idiosyncratic practitioners, creating award-winning illustrations for the advertising and editorial markets.
“One of the country’s pre-eminent authorities on comics and culture.” —Jon Meyerson, Producer, ABC News’ 20/20
“Nobody speaks about comics with more authority, understanding and love than Arlen does. He is to comics what Pauline Kael was to movies.” —Clem Robins, letterer for DC and Marvel Comics
“Arlen is profoundly informative, engaging, and clear.” -Joel
“Arlen knew his stuff and was able to explain to common folks. Great comparisons of art in the presentation. Linked to current trends or popular movies of which most people would have a connection. Presented at a level that wasn’t too geeky.” -Brent
“Extremely knowledgeable presenter; amazing visuals, great pacing!” -Jesse
“Arlen was super knowledgable, and did a really good job relating the information to current day comic book movies and characters. It really was a great job by all.” -Joseph
“Really engaging speaker with polished presentation and command of the subject” -AlBuy tickets/get more info now