Eroica: compared to the rest of the world

Through Saturday, February 29, 2020
Spady Cultural Heritage Museum

The Spady Cultural Heritage Museum will explore the influence of multi-cultural comic book superheroes through “Eroica: compared to the rest of the world.” Funded in part by a $20,000 Art Works grant from the National Endowment of the Arts, “Eroica” will run through February 29, 2020, and will include several community events that will invite genre fans to have fun with the show.

The official exhibit opening and reception will be held from 12-2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019. The museum also plans to have an interactive, community event on Thursday, October 31, 2019, in which guests of all ages will be invited to come as their favorite superhero.

Eroica, the exhibit, will include examples of early comics that reveal the origins of super heroes of color, like Voodha, the first Black hero to appear in comic books, Crown Comics # 3 (1945). Voodha was created by artist Matt Baker, who was also one of the first and most successful Black comic book artists in industry’s Golden Age period. The exhibit will also re-introduce Lobo (1965), a western style Black hero, created by Dell Comics, whose presence during the Civil Rights period caused the publisher to cease its title after only two issues.

Eroica, which also means “heroic,” is a project curated by Khaulah Naima Nuruddin and william cordova that focuses on the representation of super heroes of color in different comic book publications since their origins in the late 1930s.

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Tuesdays through Saturdays

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