Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s…a new exhibit at the Jewish Museum of Maryland? Indeed. Now, you may be wondering (we certainly were) how Batman and Superman managed to land an exhibit at a museum whose mission is largely focused on Jewish culture and history. To hear the folks at the museum tell it: “With the American economy in deep Depression and the rise of fascism in Europe, a group of young, largely Jewish, artists began to create illustrated stories of superheroes and provided the nation with an optimistic antidote to a growing sense of despair and helplessness.” (Note to kids: use this against your parents next time they get on your case about reading comics books instead of literature!)
ZAP! POW! BAM! The Superhero: The Golden Age of Comic Books, 1938-1950 opens this weekend (Saturday night for members, Sunday to the general public). The exhibit features superhero memorabilia, original comic book art, video interviews with the creators of superheroes, an interactive telephone booth, a drawing studio that allows guests to try their hands at comic book art, and a ride on the Bat Mobile. But don’t get too comfortable, because Batman himself will be there from 11a.m. until 1p.m., and you probably don’t want that guy catching you stealing his ride.
ZAP! POW! BAM! Opens for members at 7pm on Saturday the 26th, and to the public on Sunday the 27th. The Jewish Museum of Maryland is located at 15 Lloyd St in Baltimore. For more information, visit www.jewishmuseummd.org.
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