THE 75th ANNIVERSARY OF THE SPIRIT VisuaLecture April 30th in New York City!

"2015-16 marks the 75th Anniversary year of the legendary cartoonist Will Eisner’s immortal character, The Spirit! Join Arlen Schumer, writer/illustrator/designer and comic book historian (The Silver Age of Comic Book Art, Archway Publishing), as he presents a Master’s Class on Eisner using The Spirit as its primer: a big-screen retrospective overview of Eisner’s magnum opus, and all of its revolutionary graphic tropes and storytelling techniques—character design, staging, lighting, lettering, panel and page design—that make Eisner the D. W. Griffith of comic book art! "

Saturday, April 30th at 2:00pm at the Poe Park Visitor Center, Bronx, NY:


Comic Art Commanding Respect

“Comic Art Commanding Respect” by Jay Behrke, Hudson Valley News Network, April 5:
"Schumer’s talk detailed decades of comic art as it suffuses American culture, plays on our patriotism, and has become inseparable from our national ideal of heroism. It’s undeniable presence on TV and in theaters validates comic art as a charismatic and pervasive force in our society."
Video feature (4 min.) by Behrke about the "Comic Art: Fantasy & Imagination” group show at the Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh, NY (, April 2: 
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Friday, April 8, at 7 pm; from their press release:
"Our Comic Con kicks off Friday evening with a trip back in time to the 'Silver Age' of comic books. Arlen Schumer is a recognized expert on American popular culture, an award-winning comic book-style illustrator, and an author/designer of coffee table art books including his own, 'The Silver Age of Comic Book Art.' His presentation explores the origins of superhero transitions, their personification of American ideals and values and how these portrayals changed during the turbulent 1960s. There will be a book signing after the presentation. Recommended for adults and teens. Please register at 875-9004 or"


In conjunction with the exhibition Comic Art: Fantasy and Imagination, the Ann Street Gallery will be hosting a Gallery Talk with Arlen Schumer on the relationship between "Art & Comic Book Art" on Saturday, April 2 at 2 p.m.
Just as art historians look back 500 years ago on the great Renaissance masters of the human figure like Michelangelo and Raphael, so too will art historians 500 years from now look back on the great masters of the human figure of our time, our great comic book artists like Jack Kirby, Neal Adams, Joe Kubert, Carmine Infantino, Gil Kane—to name a few. Yet in fine art circles, it is still considered "blasphemous" to compare/contrast the two sets of artists. Join comic book art historian Arlen Schumer (The Silver Age of Comic Book Art) as he does just that, with his provocative, perceptive presentation, comparing and contrasting the great artists and great artworks from the worlds of fine art and comic books, curating a fascinating journey through art...and comic book art! 
This event is free and open to the public. For more information call (845) 784-1146 or

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Springsteen '78 Limited Edition Prints

Reproduced from the original art and signed by artist Arlen Schumer

SPRINGSTEEN 78 postersset

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. The four images above have long been sought-after collectors' items, but now, for the first time ever, Schumer has authorized high-quality reproductions shot from his original art by The A to A Shop, in two editions: premium, signed, limited-edition hand-printed duotones and popularly-priced, quality digital prints. Visit to order.