Zap! Pow! Bam! The Superhero: The Golden Age of Comic Books, 1938 – 1950


September 16, 2008 – January 4, 2009


Visitors are immersed in an interactive world of Superheroes and illuminated to the creative processes that drove their mostly-Jewish creators to provide America with timeless icons such as Superman, Batman, Captain America and Wonder Woman. The Maltz Museum presents this exhibition with a proud nod to Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, Glenville High School students who created Superman, and their importance in the development of comic book art and narrative.


In addition to rare, never-before-displayed comic book art and memorabilia, the exhibition features 1940s serials, video interviews, a vintage, child-sized Batmobile ride, an interactive phone booth, a drawing studio, and try-on superhero costumes for children.


Sponsored by BNY Mellon, Irv & Gloria Fine, RSM McGladrey and ShoreBank and ongoing support from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.