Arlen Schumer is one of the foremost historians of comic book art—Comic Book Artist magazine named him "one of the more articulate and enthusiastic advocates of comic book art in America,” and the original version of his coffeetable art book The Silver Age of Comic Book Art (Archway Publishing), which won the Independent Book Publishers Award for Best Popular Culture Book (for its original ’03 edition); and a recognized expert on the work of Hall of Fame comic book artist Neal Adams—see especially The Neal Adams Sketchbook (Vanguard) below, among other articles and VisuaLectures, and join his Facebook group, Neal Adams Almanack.
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PRINT Magazine special issue on comics, November-December 1988; conceived issue, designed cover and wrote article, "The New Superheroes: A Graphic Transformation."
Superhero to Antihero: Comic book art in the 1960s: An invitation to VisuaLecture at The Art Directors Club of New York, October 21, 1992.
VisuaLecture eulogy delivered at the Connecticut chapter of the National Cartoonists Society, with the Swan family in attendance, Weston, CT, September 18, 1996 (Swan died on June 17); see Curt Swan in Color, below. View the Eulogy video here.
Special issue of Comic Book Marketplace #40, October 1996; designed cover (colored by Bill Sienkiewicz ), and conducted, edited & designed 48-page interview.
Conceived, edited & designed for Vanguard Productions, 1999.
Cover story about the origin of Batman by Bob Kane and Bill Finger for Alter Ego Vol. 2 #5 (the flip side of Comic Book Artist Vol. 1 #5
Article for Comic Book Marketplace #70, August 1999, designed with Batman sketches and text edited from interviews left over from The Neal Adams Sketchbook.
Interview with Neal Adams for Comic Book Artist Special Edition, December 1999.
8-page color section written & designed for Comic Book Marketplace #75, January 2000; reformatted as color section for The Amazing World of Carmine Infantino, Vanguard Productions, 2001.Download PDF
16-page color section written & designed for Curt Swan: A Life in Comics, Vanguard Productions, 2002.
SUPERHEROES IN THE '60s: Comics & Counterculture article for Comic Art magazine #1, Fall 2002.
Poster for a 4-session VisuaLecture series (that became the basis of the book, The Silver Age of Comic Book Art) at the City University of New York's Graduate Center, Manhattan, Fall 2002; read the New York Press article.
Coffeetable art book that highlights the work of eight legendary artists who drew definitive versions of the industry’s greatest characters against the backdrop of the turbulent 1960s, including thoughts, ideas, and quotes from the artists themselves. Its original edition was the winner of The Independent Book Publishers Award for Best Popular Culture Book of 2003; order the revised edition hardcover (signed & unsigned) and e-book here: http://www.arlenschumer.com. Read the New York Times review; see its VisuaLecture and related interviews on YouTube.
Essay for Brush Strokes with Greatness: The Life and Art of Joe Sinnott, Two Morrows Publishing, 2007.
Introduction written for Marvel Masterworks: Iron Man Vol. 4, 2007, covering issues from 1967-68.
"How Could a Teenager be a Super Hero?" for Spider-Man Omnibus, Marvel Comics, 2007, collecting the entire Stan Lee/Steve Ditko Spider-Man run.
Essay for The Jack Kirby Collector #50, TwoMorrows Publishing, 2008.