Curated by James Cavello
The early 1960's is known in the world of comics as "The Silver Age". It was within this period of time that the superhero genre in comics experienced a revival, and a significant jump in sales was seen for almost all of the industry's publishing houses. "The Bronze Age" is the comic book era from 1970-1984, a time when baby boomers were in their youth and the United States was simultaneously experiencing bell-bottoms and the after-affects of the cold war. Comic books provided an escape through adventures of superheroes and science fiction. Star Trek was then a new and popular television series that created characters with strengths and faults with which its American audience strongly related to.
This exhibition encompassed a collection of forty original comic book cover paintings, which were created for the covers of Star Trek, Turok: Son of Stone, The Lone Ranger, Flash Gordon, Ripley's Believe It or Not, and other Gold Key characters. These paintings are considered collectible, in that, for each issue there was only one cover for each comic. Many publishers did not store the original artwork for the comics since they had little use for it once the art was published. The publishers who did choose to store these works would find themselves with a warehouse full of images that they deemed both useless and invaluable, and in order to utilize their space, they would burn them or simply throw them away. Today, these original works are extraordinary paintings by artists skilled at graphic expression and have become a rare commodity.
In 1962, Western Publishing Company, a powerhouse of the publishing world, severed their long-standing relationship with Dell Comics and formed their own Gold Key Comics. Operating out of offices located in upstate