Steranko Noir Exhibit at GEM on March 26-28
Geppi’s Entertainment Museum (GEM) will showcase a historic display of Steranko comics, cover paintings, and the complete art for the groundbreaking Chandler: Red Tide graphic novel, the artist-writer-designer’s most innovative work and considered by many to be the first authentic modern graphic novel—which is scheduled for publication this year by Dark Horse Books.
Jim Steranko, author and guest curator J. David Spurlock, and BBC TV superstar Jonathan Ross will be among the luminaries in attendance Saturday, March 27, 2010. The event will be covered by international press.
“We’re extremely proud that Mr. Steranko and Mr. Spurlock chose GEM as the site for this event,” says Curator Dr. Arnold T. Blumberg. “From Nick Fury to Red Tide to Raiders of the Lost Ark and beyond, Steranko has had an incalculable influence on the history of pop culture.”
The exhibit runs from March 26-28. For more information, call GEM at (410) 625-7060.
Geppi’s Entertainment Museum, 301 West Camden Street, Baltimore, MD 21201-2434
Poe Creators Sign at GEM on October 17
As the city of Baltimore continues its celebration of author Edgar Allan Poe and with Halloween right around the corner, what better time to spotlight the efforts of writer J. Barton Mitchell and artist Dean Kotz, creators of Boom! Studios’ mini-series Poe?
The creative duo will appear at Geppi’s Entertainment Museum on Saturday, October 17, 2009, from 12 noon to 4:00 PM.
Poe is a compelling, must-read comic book story set in the least likely of places and weaving it from the least likely of fabrics. It is certainly not as if Poe’s life hasn’t been the fodder for other stories, both truthful and fictionalized. Mitchell and Kotz, though, capture the mood and spirit of that earlier, post-Colonial time (Poe died in 1849) and season it with the visual styles of the era and Poe’s own work.
For those who have yet to discover their riveting new tale, it goes like this: Edgar Allan Poe, after the death of his wife, teeters on the precipice of complete madness. Visions of those who met untimely ends torture him, as does the memory of his deceased bride. His brother, a Baltimore police officer, struggles with what to do with him.
Then the third in a suspicious string of killings pulls Poe out of his despair by giving him focus. Detecting a supernatural component to the crimes, the author of the world’s first detective story, “The Murders in the Rue Morgue,” turns his considerable mind to solving them alongside his brother. Can he crack the case and save his own sanity as well?
A limited number of copies of all four issues of the Poe mini-series will be on sale at GEM during the signing.
Geppi’s Entertainment Museum, 301 W. Camden Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
Author, historian and former comic book editor Michael Eury brings Captain Action to Geppi’s Entertainment Museum (GEM) in Baltimore’s historic Camden Yards sports complex for a signing on Saturday, August 15, 2009, from noon to 3:00 PM.
The event will mark the debut of the brand new edition of Eury’s critically acclaimed Captain Action: The Original Super-Hero Action Figure. In addition to the author, Ed Catto and Joe Ahearn, the owners of Captain Action Enterprises, will be in attendance for the signing.
The event will also kick off a special exhibit covering the history of Captain Action, from the first action figures in the 1960s to the latest merchandise (and everything in between). The exhibit will run from August 15 through October 13, 2009.
Published by TwoMorrows Publishing, Captain Action: The Original Super-Hero Action Figure chronicles the history of this quick-changing champion, including photos of virtually every Captain Action product ever released. This new, full-color, hardcover edition is due in stores on or about August 10.
The original superhero action figure first arrived on the scene in 1966 with the ability to change into a fantastic range of other incredible heroes, including Superman, Batman, Captain America, Spider-Man, the Lone Ranger, Buck Rogers, and the Green Hornet. He took on their costumes and personas and fought the forces of evil in their places. Produced by the Ideal Toy Company and developed by Stan Weston, who had been involved in the genesis of Hasbro’s G.I. Joe just two years before, Captain Action enjoyed a fairly brief shelf life. The last of Ideal’s original production runs ended in 1968.
In that short time, though, the 12-inch action figure had also doubled for Aquaman, Flash Gordon, the Phantom, Steve Canyon, Sgt. Fury, and Tonto. He had a sidekick, Action Boy (who became Superboy, Aqualad and Robin the Boy Wonder) and a blue-skinned, bug-eyed alien arch foe named Dr. Evil (obviously years before Austin Powers fought another Dr. Evil). There were playsets, vehicles, a headquarters, flicker rings, playing cards, a Ben Cooper Halloween costume, and a fondly remembered five-issue series from DC Comics that included contributions from such legends as Wally Wood, Jim Shooter, and Gil Kane.
As the years followed, Captain Action became the purview of the collecting community. A thriving secondary market developed and kept interest in the character alive within its ranks. In 1998, thirty years after the original production run ended, Playing Mantis brought Captain Action back to the world of new toys. Although their tenure with the toy line would also end after two years, it greatly fanned the flames of interest in the character and the original collectibles, and led eventually to the formation of Captain Action Enterprises, the present day owners of the intellectual property.
Geppi’s Entertainment Museum Address, 301 W Camden St, Baltimore, MD 21201