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Zap! Pow! Bam! The Superhero: The Golden Age of Comics Books, 1938-1950

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Editorial Review


By Michael O’Sullivan
Friday, January 25, 2013

Fans of comic books will want to head to Baltimore for Sunday’s opening of “ZAP! POW! BAM! The Superhero: The Golden Age of Comics Books, 1938-1950.”

Featuring vintage artwork and books, a children’s Batmobile ride and interactive stations where children can jump into a phone booth and dress up as a superhero, the exhibition at the Jewish Museum of Maryland explores the history and cultural significance of what would come to be known as the graphic novel. It also looks at the influences and creative processes of the young, largely Jewish writers who pioneered the medium.

Opening-day festivities include an appearance by Batman from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.