When you compile a collection of original artwork from the comic book industry’s biggest names over the span of fifty years, there isn’t even a question as to how to put them on display. You mount them on archival, acid-free matte board. You frame them behind UV-resistant glass. You run track lighting, hang the frames securely on pristine painted walls, and you open a museum. Lee, Kirby, Ditko, Steranko, Adams, Moebius, Miller, Eisner, Lee. The list goes on. Icons of modern popular art gathered in one place: The Comic-Con Museum’s “Cover Story: The Art of Comic-Con 50.”
As the first exhibit featured at The Comic-Con Museum in San Diego, California, “Cover Story: The Art of Comic-Con 50" features the original artwork from every San Diego Comic-Con Souvenir Book published since the convention’s inception.
Every year, San Diego Comic Con brings in hundreds of thousands of regular attendees, and each is gifted a souvenir backpack / swag bag and souvenir book. These items have become as collectible as anything found on the convention’s exhibit room floor. The souvenir book features full color artwork from some of comic book’s favorite artists, created specifically for that year’s Comic Con.
From thumbnail sketches to finished pieces of painted art, the exhibit celebrates the creators, as well as the creative process. The goal of the exhibit is to “celebrate art as a tool to promote awareness and appreciation for comic books and other related popular art forms.”
Along with original souvenir book covers, the exhibit offers up original artwork provided to Comic Con international for the interiors of the book: dedications and well wishes from some of the legends of comic book history.
A fifty-year legacy on display in a single room. Any lover of comic books or popular media owes it to themselves to view the exhibit and celebrate how artwork is created.
The Comic Con Museum is located at 2131 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101