Comic Book Artist Arlen Schumer is one of the foremost historians of comic book art—Comic BookArtist magazine named him "one of the more articulate and enthusiastic advocates of comic book artin America,” and his coffeetable art book The Silver Age of Comic Book Art (Collectors Press) wonthe Independent Book Publishers Award for Best Popular Culture Book of 2003. He is a recognizedexpert on the work of Hall of Fame comic book artist Neal Adams—see especially The Neal AdamsSketchbook (Vanguard) below, among other articles and VisuaLectures.
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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."
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1989 illustration promoting articles about fraudulent Superman artworks in the Warhol collection—collages dated 1961 using panels from comics published years later!
Superhero to Antihero: Comic book art in the 1960s: An invitation to VisuaLecture at The Art Directors Club of New York, October 21, 1992.
Article on the new Warner Bros. cartoons for Print magazine, February 1993
Invitation to VisuaLecture at The Art Directors Club of New York, May 24, 1995.
Logo for proposed continuing education course of VisuaLectures at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, Fall 1995.
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..
Special issue of Comic Book Marketplace #40, October 1996; designed cover (colored by Bill Sienkiewicz ), and conducted, edited & designed 48-page interview.
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Ten 27"x 55" hanging glass panel designs for the Words and Pictures Museum's retrospective Batman exhibition, Northampton, Mass., Spring 1997; see them here.
Six 27"x 55" hanging glass panel designs for the Words and Pictures Museum's 60th Anniversary of Superman exhibition, Summer 1998; see them here, and read the article here .
This interview was conducted, edited & designed for Comic Book Artist magazine #3, Winter 1998-99.
Conceived, edited & designed for Vanguard Productions, 1999.
ALTER-EGO Vol. 2 #5 - Flip side of Comic Book Artist Vol. 1, #5), Summer 1999 cover design for my article, "The Bat-Man Cover Story.".
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.
Portrait for the Society of Illustrators' 9/11 Memorial Exhibition, New York City, February 2002, and text of speech given opening night; see it here.
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 conceived, written, edited and designed for Collectors Press (Portland, Ore.), that highlights the 1960s work of eight legendary artists who drew definitive versions of the industry?s greatest characters, including thoughts, ideas, and quotes from the artists themselves; winner of The Independent Book Publishers Award for Best Popular Culture Book of 2003; read the New York Times review; see its VisuaLecture and related interviews on YouTube.
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introduction written for Dean Motter's Mr. X Volume One, ibooks, 2004.
4-page color feature written & designed for the Will Eisner memorial issue of Comic Book Artist Vol. 2 #6, Spring 2005.
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.
VisuaLecture introduction delivered at the NY Comicon, April 19, 2008, made up of Morrison's own words from interviews and images from the comics he's written.
Introduction written for Marvel Masterworks: Thor Vol. 7, 2008.
Essay for The Jack Kirby Collector #50, TwoMorrows Publishing, 2008.
VisuaLecture at The Type Directors Club, New York, September 17, 2009.
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