Over the summer, Scottsdale has been hosting an art exhibit that celebrates the Golden Age of comics. Zap! Pow! Bam! The Superhero: The Golden Age of Comic Books, 1938-1950 runs through Sept. 2 in the Gallery at the Civic Center Library. It’s hosted by Scottsdale Public art and organized by the Breman Museum in Atlanta.
There’s still time to catch the exhibit, and you can also make some art of your own at an associated event: The 18-and-older crowd is invited to sketch or paint from live superhero models as a deejay spins tunes 8 to 10 p.m. Thursday in the atrium at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St. Participation is free, and there will be light food and a cash bar. Call (480) 874-4645 or see zappowbam.weebly.com for more info.
Here’s a description of the Zap! Pow! Bam! exhibit:
During the economic and political turmoil of the 1930s and 1940s, comic books offered America champions who shaped the values of an entire generation. ZAP! POW! BAM! The Superhero: The Golden Age of Comic Books, 1938-1950 explores the genesis of cultural icons such as Superman, Batman, Captain Marvel, Wonder Woman, and Captain America, and the ways that those figures shaped popular opinion. Workshops and events to be announced.