Comic Art goes Ka-Pow! in Greenwich

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GREENWICH-- In a place where reference books, novels and periodicals take up much of the shelf space, comic books are standing out in the spotlight at the Greenwich Public Library.

The second-floor Flinn Gallery is where the new exhibit called "Ka-Pow! When Comics Imperiled America" has just opened.  The works, which include supernatural titles like "Tales from the Crypt" and "Weird Fantasy," come from the years 1950 to 1955, known as the golden age of comics.

"The idea here is to look at a period in American history where we were fearful that comic books were creating juvenile delinquents," said Rob Reiner, not to be confused with the movie director, who is the owner of the 74 panels of coveted comic art that makes up the exhibit.

While he says it sounds ridiculous, Reiner notes that the U.S. Senate went as far as launching a formal investigation into comic books during the golden age that virtually closed down the comic industry. "The crime titles and the horror titles were seen as potentially dangerous," he said.

While the history of the comics is an important element to the exhibit, Reiner also wants visitors to get a chance to see the intricate artistry ever present in the original panels that hang from the wall.

"These are the finest artists in comic book history and their influence is still felt today. They were way ahead of their time," Reiner said.

Joann Terracciano, one of the curators at the Flinn Gallery, added, "The show focuses on so many aspects--the historical, the social, the artwork--all of it."

Ka-Pow! is scheduled to run until April 29 at the Greenwich Public Library, and gallery talks will be held on Sunday April 12 and April 19 at 2 p.m.

Admission is free, and the exhibit is open Monday through Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. To find out more click here.