PHOTOS: Zap! Pow! Bam! comic book exhibit hits Bonita Springs

Tour guide Roberto Briceno has been collecting and reading comics since four to five years old, and has impressive historical and practical applications knowledge of the comic genre. Photo / Darryl A. Wells

Tour guide Roberto Briceno has been collecting and reading comics since four to five years old, and has impressive historical and practical applications knowledge of the comic genre. Photo / Darryl A. Wells

— In an age of carton networks, video games and other media onslaughts featuring super heroes of every size shape, and species human or otherwise; it would be hard for children today to imagine it’s a story that’s been told the same way since the early twentieth century. While not as graphic as some of today’s adventures, it all comes from a golden age of super comics.

The Center For The Arts of Bonita Springs currently hosts Zap! Pow! Bam! The Superhero: The Golden Age of Comic Books 1938-1950 exhibition. This exhibition is part of a national tour depicting the early works of the writers and artists who created such cultural icons as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Captain Marvel and Captain America.

On Saturday March 31, the Center presented a special presentation of the exhibit which also included and art session for kids and adults in attendance.

Conducting a guided tour of the exhibit was local comics historian Roberto Briceno, he stated that comics have been with him for most of his life, as a lesson to explain many aspects in his own life and as a tool to help him with a reading disability. He gave exhibit visitors an insight into the cultural and personal lives of those in the industry, and the effect the work had on the nation during depression, war, fear and other societal positives and negatives.

The show features many early comics, sketches and other material from private and institutional collections, many of these made rare because the publishers destroyed work to prevent copyright issues.

Children had the opportunity to make their own comic storyboards, and make heroes of themselves by creating their own masks.

The exhibit is scheduled to run through April 28th. It is free to the public but donations are appreciated. The Center for The Arts is located at 26100 Old US 41 Road. For additional information call 239-495-8989

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