“The Art of The Avengers and Other Heroes” exhibition opens in New York

The Art of The Avengers and Other Heroes - Jack Kirby - Avengers Assemble

New York’s Museum of Illustration at the Society of Illustrators is currently presenting an exhibition of original artwork showcasing characters from the Marvel Universe, including the Avengers and other heroes.

Legendary artists featured include John Buscema, John Cassaday, Don Heck, Joe Jusko, Jack Kirby, George Pérez, John Romita, Marie Severin, Walt Simonson, Barry Windsor Smith, Jim Steranko, Herbe Trimpe, among others.

The exhibition includes vintage, original comic artwork from all years of Marvel Comics history. The selections illustrate how Marvel’s innovative creative teams initially led by legendary creators Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, kept the Marvel Universe evolving with the times.

Thor by Walt Simonson
Thor by Walt Simonson

The Art of The Avengers and Other Heroes - The Avengers

In the early 1960s, the Avengers, along with the Fantastic Four, were created as Marvel’s response to rival DC Comics superhero revival. Unlike the Fantastic Four, the Avengers distinguished itself by its rotating list of heroes. Nearly every character in the Marvel Universe, from Spider-Man to the Hulk, have cycled through its roster at one time or another since its earliest beginnings.

Significant pieces of artwork will be exhibited publicly for the first time, including original comic book pages featuring a stunning selection of the art of Spider-Man – who tried to join the Avengers several times, The Hulk, Black Panther, Thor, Captain America, and Iron Man, and many more.

The exhibition will be assembled from the collection of notable collectors, and is organised and curated by comic art collector and historian Rob Pistella (curator of The Art of Spider-Man exhibition held at the Society in 2017).

At over 200 pieces of original art, this exhibition will be the largest selection of vintage and modern original Marvel art that has ever been displayed in the world.

An opening reception to the public will be held on Thursday 12th July at 7.30pm | More details here

Founded in 1901, the Society of Illustrators is the oldest nonprofit organisation dedicated to the art of illustration in America. Notable Society members have been N.C. Wyeth, Rube Goldberg, and Norman Rockwell, among many others. Its mission is to promote the art of illustration, to appreciate its history and evolving nature through exhibitions, lectures and education, and to contribute the service of its members to the welfare of the community at large.

Their Museum of Illustration was established in 1981, offering year-round themed exhibits, art education programs and annual juried competitions. The Permanent Collection houses 2,500 pieces that are catalogued for scholarly use and displayed periodically. In 2012, the Society created the MoCCA Gallery with a focus on curated exhibits of comic and cartoon art.

• The Art of The Avengers and Other Heroes runs until 20th October 2018, Museum of Illustration at the Society of Illustrators, 128 East 63rd Street, New York, NY 10065 USA | More details on the web site

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The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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