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Just in Time for Camden Comic Con, "There’s A Run In My Tights: Classic Comic Book Covers From the Golden Age and Beyond" Opens at Robeson Library

April 5, 2017
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Comic book fans, take note: Camden Comic Con takes place April 8, 2017.

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There's a Run in My Tights exhibit will be open until May 4, 2017.

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Ths display of covers covers ubiquitous popular comic book series and hidden gems.

There’s A Run In My Tights: Classic Comic Book Covers From the Golden Age and Beyond is on display at Paul Robeson Library from April 2, 2017 through May 4, 2017.

Although the first prototype of the American comic book appeared in 1842 with the publication of The Adventures of Obadiah Oldbuck, it would take almost another 100 years for a pair of high school friends to create Superman and usher in what is now considered the Golden Age of comics. In 1938, writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster sold the Man of Steel to Detective Comics, the future DC Comics, and he made his debut in Action Comics #1.

Realizing they had a publishing phenomenon on their hands, Action Comics created a stable of superheroes with Batman and Robin, Wonder Woman, the Flash, Green Lantern, the Atom, Hawkman, Green Arrow and Aquaman. Rival publishers Timely Comics, the 1940s predecessor of Marvel Comics, had million-selling titles featuring the Human Torch, the Sub-Mariner, and Captain America.

Following World War II, the popularity of superhero comics greatly subsided. To retain reader interest, publishers diversified into genres such as science fiction, romance, crime and horror. Many superhero titles were cancelled and the genre languished until the debut of the Flash in October 1956.  The success of the Flash is credited as the beginning of the Silver Age of comics, which lasted through the early 1970s. During this era, Marvel Comics revolutionized the medium with such naturalistic superheroes as Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's Fantastic Four and Lee and Steve Ditko's Spider-Man.

The Bronze Age of comics ran from the early 1970s through the mid-1980s and saw more socially relevant storylines like racism, addiction, urban decay and environmental pollution. The Modern Age of Comic Books began in the mid-1980s when characters like Batman generally became darker and more psychologically complex. During the ongoing Modern Age, creators became household names, independent comics flourished, and larger publishing houses became more commercialized.

There’s A Run In My Tights: Classic Comic Book Covers From the Golden Age and Beyond highlights superheroes such as Bat Girl, Aquaman, Luke Cage and the X-Men, villains like Cat Woman and misunderstood monsters like Werewolf By Night. Comic book fans of all ages will not want to miss Camden Comic Con, the free, all-ages comic convention held on the Rutgers University–Camden campus. It will be held on April 8th, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. For more information, please visit the Camden Comic Con website.