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Local Gallery Opens Exhibit Today of Works by Biggest Names in Contemporary Comic Book Art

Published on Sunday, July 15, 2018 | 5:38 am

Gallery 30 South, a newer Pasadena gallery building a reputation for showing emerging and internationally renowned artists and connecting with pop culture enthusiasts, is presenting an unusual limited exhibit of 3D comic production art which opens today.

A gallery statement said “Pop Sequentialism Ver. 2.0” is a second take on the first contemporary survey exhibition of published comic book art that took place in 2011.

Sunday’s opening reception begins at 3 p.m. The exhibition will then be open Thursday through Sunday, from 12 noon through 6 p.m., or by appointment through mid-August.

The new limited engagement exhibition features rare, first presentation original 3D comic production art from the archives of comic book hall-of-fame artist Ray Zone, including his collaboration with Will Eisner on “The Spirit” and pages from “Sheena,” “Miracleman” and “The Rocketeer.” Every piece of art in this exhibition is an example of unique published artwork and rare examples of the biggest names in contemporary comics.

Ray Zone, who passed away in 2012, was referred to as the King of 3-D Comics. His art is rarely available and those seeking to collect the most unique and exemplary forms of comic book art scour the world over for pieces like those which will be on exhibit.

The exhibition also marks the first appearances of important characters and scenes that were recreated in movies. Highlights include the first appearance of “Bucky” as Captain America, the final page of Ed Brubaker’s award-winning run on “Daredevil,” the final page and Sentinel Reveal from Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely’s first issue of the “New X-Men,” the first appearance of the “Iron Patriot” as seen in the movie “Iron Man 3,” the first appearance of “Skinner Sweet” from Scott Snyder’s “American Vampire,” and a preliminary cover for “Wolverine: Old Man Logan.”

Gallery 30 South will also reveal the Holy Grail of comic book art which accumulating legendary status for the last few years. A very early Batman preliminary page (1939-1940) is said to be definitive proof that Jerry Robinson co-created The Joker, and that the clown prince of crime may have originally been part of Robin’s origin. The piece has never been displayed in a public setting before.

Guests will also have the opportunity to purchase an out-of-print Pop Sequentialism catalog autographed by the curator, Matt Kennedy.

Fans can listen to the Pop Sequentialism podcast on iTunes, BlogTalkRadio, Stitcher, and elsewhere.

Howlin’ Ray’s will cater the opening exhibition.

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