My guest tonight, award-winning illustrator, writer and comic book historian, Arlen Schumer, has focused much of his attention on the “Silver Age” ….
“The Silver Age of Comics (circa 1956-70) not only birthed a new generation of superheroes, but for the first time in comic book publication … black superheroes!
“The decade of the 1960s was one of the most turbulent in American — and world — history, sparking revolutions of all kinds in the political, socio-economic, cultural and artistic spheres. In the field of comic books, industry giant DC Comics rebooted its old superheroes from the 1940’s ‘Golden Age’ into newer, sleeker, streamlined versions, while confronting its first serious competition in an upstart company called ‘Marvel.’
“The legendary white artist/storyteller behind the newfound success of Marvel, Jack Kirby, suddenly decided to create the first black superhero — The Black Panther — six months before the infamous Black Panther political party was formed!”
Even more provocative, Kirby’s Panther was not an African-American, but a royal African Prince (of Kirby’s fictional ancient African Kingdom of “Wakanda”).
As current history is now attempting to complete the unfinished social transformations of the 1960’s, was Kirby’s extraordinary vision — which, remember, PREDICTED the existence of “The Face on Mars” in 1958 (!) — providing us a hint of a long-lost, simultaneous, black “super-civilization” … here on Earth?!
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1. The Silver Age of Comic Book Art: http://www.silverageofcomicbookart.com
2. American Illustrator Profile: “Everything I needed to know I learned from comic books”: https://www.ai-ap.com/
3. APT PANORAMA by Matt Abourezk
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9. In 1978 Arlen Schumer was the Art Director of Thunder Road, the first magazine devoted to the life and music of Bruce Springsteen. During that year he also created collateral artwork for two Springsteen concerts, one being the legendary Capitol Theater radio broadcast show of September 19th.
10. THE TWILIGHT ZONE AHEAD OF ITS TIME webinar
Wednesday, July 15 @ 8pm EST
10B. The Other Side of Midnight Twilight Show:
2020/03/29 – Arlen Schumer – Have We Entered The Twilight Zone … For Real?
10C. Twilight Zone Page
11. BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: A VIDEO RETROSPECTIVE webinar
Wednesday, July 22 @ 8pm EST.
12. THE SEAN CONNERY BOND CANON: The First Four Films webinar
Wednesday, July 29 @ 8pm EST
Arlen Schumer is an award-winning comic book-style illustrator for the advertising and editorial markets, and a member of The Society of Illustrators; an author/designer of coffee-table art books, including Visions from The Twilight Zone and The Silver Age of Comic Book Art, which won the Independent Book Publishers Award for Best Popular Culture Book; and a recognized expert on American popular culture—especially the legendary television series The Twilight Zone and the music of Bruce Springsteen—presenting his VisuaLectures on these and other subjects at universities and cultural institutions across the country and around the world.
"My father died when I was four months old, and my Mom raised my older (by 18 months) brother and me herself. I grew up in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, a great place in the early-mid ‘60s, with equal parts bucolic American suburbia and small-town Rockwellian, pop culture ambiance. I think I ended up finding my surrogate father figures in the pop culture I was surrounded with.
I now live in Westport, CT. I’ve been working as an illustrator, graphic designer, writer and lecturer since I graduated from Rhode Island School of Design (majoring in Graphic Design) in 1980."
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