Spotlight Shines on 1960s Comic Book Art in Arlen Schumer’s New Book

‘The Silver Age of Comic Book art’ highlights cultural influences on comic book heroes.

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Now with an ebook version, “The Silver Age of Comic Book Art” comes to life a new, innovative fashion. Schumer aims to make the book’s artwork leap off the screen, creating a unique reading experience for all comic book fans.

New York (PRWEB) August 13, 2014

With the release of “Captain America: Winter Solider” and “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” in the spring of 2014 and the upcoming Superman-Batman movie generating buzz, Marvel and DC comics characters are as popular now as they were when author, illustrator and comic book historian Arlen Schumer was growing up in the 1960s.

His rereleased title, “The Silver Age of Comic Book Art” (published by Archway Publishing), which was originally published in 2003 and won the Independent Publishers Award for Best Popular Culture Book, celebrates the comic book art of the 1960s, referred to as the Silver Age of comic books, and focuses on the artistic rendering of the panels, pages and covers.

“All previous comic book history books were mostly text-heavy, with miniature reproductions of the art,” Schumer notes, “I wanted to do the first comic book history book about the great art in comics - particularly the art of the Silver Age artists whom I grew up with and were my biggest influence on my own art.”

Schumer discusses the eight great artists of the era: Carmine Infantino, Steve Ditko, Jack Kirby, Gil Kane, Joe Kubert, Gene Colan, Jim Steranko and Neal Adams. Their own words highlight their styles as well as their contributions to the iconic appearences of superheroes such as Batman, Iron Man, The Flash and Spider-Man.

Loaded with comic book images, “The Silver Age of Comic Book Art” traces the change of American values and ideals throughout the 1960s. Schumer argues that much of the politics and culture of the decade made its way into comic books, and the superheroes often reflected the social norms of the period.

Now with an ebook version, “The Silver Age of Comic Book Art” comes to life a new, innovative fashion. Schumer aims to make the book’s artwork leap off the screen, creating a unique reading experience for all comic book fans.

“The Silver Age of Comic Book Art”
By Arlen Schumer
Hardcover | 9 x 13 in | 192 pages | ISBN 9781480806368
E-Book | 192 pages | ISBN 9781480806351
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Arlen Schumer is a member of The Society of Illustrators, creating comic book-style art for advertising and editorial usage, and a foremost comic book historian. His other books are “Visions From The Twilight Zone” and “The Neal Adams Sketchbook.” Schumer lectures on these and other pop culture subjects at universities and cultural institutions across the country. More information can be found at http://www.arlenschumer.com and at his Silver Age of Comic Book Art Facebook group.

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