January 27-August 18, 2013
With the American economy in deep Depression and the rise of fascism in Europe, a group of young, largely Jewish, artists began to create illustrated stories of superheroes and provided the nation with an optimistic antidote to a growing sense of despair and helplessness. Featuring superhero memorabilia, original comic book art, and video interviews with the creators of superheroes, offers visitors an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the Golden Age of comic books.
ZAP! POW! BAM! is designed for people of all ages and backgrounds, with an interactive telephone booth, a drawing studio that allows guests to try their hands at comic book art, and a ride on the Bat Mobile.
The exhibition was curated by the late Jerry Robinson (creator of Batman’s nemesis The Joker and the artist after whom Batman’s sidekick Robin was named), who offered his many years of experience in the comic book industry to provide insight into the imaginative world of comic books.
The exhibition is organized by and on loan from the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, Atlanta. The exhibition will be on display in the JMM's Samson, Rosetta and Sadie B. Feldman Exhibition Gallery beginning January 27th, thanks to generous support from the David and Barbara B, Hirschhorn Foundation and the Herbert Bearman Foundation.