The Herald-Dispatch Presents WHAAM!: Original Comic Drawings from the Collection

June 27 - October 11, 2015

The opening reception for this exhibit takes place during the Fourth Tuesday Tour on July 28, 2015, at 7 p.m. Beau Smith will be the guest speaker for the event. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served.

Once a uniquely American form of visual communication, the modern comic book and the dynamic cast of heroes and villains spawned within its pages are enjoying a meteoric worldwide renaissance.

While some printed media struggle to find readers, sales of comic books are peaking at their highest levels in two decades; scores of commercially successful and critically acclaimed comic book-inspired movies populate the box office; college students wear superheroes on university-licensed T-shirts to show school spirit; and the original artwork for newspaper comic strips and comic books has become a prized collectible exhibited by major museums around the globe.

No longer a niche hobby, comic books now represent an impressive slice of popular and commercial culture.

WHAAM!: Original Comic Drawings from the Collection features original comic book art, comic strips and sequential drawings created by some of America’s most noted comic artists, such as Bob Kane, Ernie Chan and Neil Adams, from the Huntington Museum of Art’s Michael Reynolds Collection of American Popular Culture.

This exhibit is presented by The Herald-Dispatch. This program is presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.

The Herald-Dispatch Presents WHAAM!: Original Comic Drawings from the Collection