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Zap! Pow! Bam! The Golden Age of Comic Books Exhibit



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  • This sculpture opens the way to the Golden Age of Comics exhibition, the one and only Superman. Photo / Darryl A. Wells
  • Six year old Grace works with her mom and older brother Christian who attended the event. Photo / Darryl A. Wells
  • Exhibit visitors Juan and Joel Alvarez work on their batman storyboard during the activity portion of the day's event. Photo / Darryl A. Wells
  • The exhibit is being presented through April 28th at the Bonita Center for the Arts, it is not to be missed by anyone old enough to remember the fun and nostalgia of the paper back action thrillers of our past. Photo / Darryl A. Wells
  • No Its not a bird or a plane coming from the nostalgic old phone booth which is part of the exhibit, in addition to videos, and special audio visual presentations of many of the artists and writers from the period. Photo / Darryl A. Wells
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  • The exhibit was originated by The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, many of the artists and writers of the period were Jewish Americans. Photo / Darryl A. Wells
  • Carmine Coriati at age two had dad and Grandmother Anita on hand to help with making him feel super for the day. Photo / Darryl A. Wells
  • It was fun for the entire family and every one got in on the creativity opportunity. Photo / Darryl A. Wells
  • Many a mystery character was created as parents helped with the make your own mask activity. Photo / Darryl A. Wells
  • Masks were a popular activity that the kids also got to enjoy. Photo / Darryl A. Wells
  • Donnie Coriati and son Carmine enjoy cut and pasting up their own cartoon. Photo / Darryl A. Wells
  • In addition to the exhibit all in attendance had a chance to create their own cartoon storyboards. 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
  • With a vast knowledge of comic book history, tours of the exhibition were conducted by guest tour guide, Robert Briceno of North Naples. Photo / Darryl A. Wells
  • Shazam was one of the many classic characters featured by the comics of the time period, essentially designed to rival the original Superman series. Photo / Darryl A. Wells
  • The Zap! Pow! Bam! Exhibition featured at the Center for The Arts Bonita Springs Center, featured exclusive vintage art work and presentations representing the Golden Age of Comics, 1938-1950. 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.

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