"Faster Than a Speeding Bullet: The Art of the Superhero" Exhibition to Include "Action Comics #1"
July 3, 2009
EUGENE, OR.- The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon opens the special exhibition “Faster Than a Speeding Bullet: The Art of the Superhero.” Featuring rare and valuable works by some of the most admired artists in the history of superhero comics, gathered from private collections from across the country, the exhibition will also present an extremely rare copy of “Action Comics # 1,” featuring the first appearance of Superman. The exhibition breaks new ground in its critical evaluation of the art and cultural importance of this particular comic book genre.
“Faster Than a Speeding Bullet: The Art of the Superhero” will be on view in the museum’s Coeta and Donald Barker Gallery from September 26, 2009 through January 3, 2010. The exhibition will open with a free preview reception Friday, September 25, 2009 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The exhibition features over 150 pages of superhero comic art from the 1940s to the present, including several complete stories and key works by many major creators in the industry, including Neal Adams, C. C. Beck, John Buscema, Gene Colan, Steve Ditko, Will Eisner, Bill Everett, Lou Fine, Ramona Fradon, Dave Gibbons, Don Heck, Carmine Infantino, J. G. Jones, Gil Kane, Jack Kirby, Joe Kubert, Mort Meskin, Frank Miller, George Perez, H. G. Peter, Mac Raboy, Alex Ross, Marie Severin, Bill Sienkiewicz, Matt Wagner and many more.
Also on view will be three original works, commissioned by the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, for the exhibition by artists Mike Allred, Ramona Fradon and Stuart Sayger