Saturday, March 07, 2009

"ZAP! POW! BAM!" at the Skirball Center: The Verdict !

The photo below shows the artwork at the entrance to the ZAP! POW! BAM! Comic Book Exhibit:

This next photo shows some newspaper headlines from the same Exhibit:

Some Explanatory Text re the Heralded "Golden Age" of Comics:

A close-up of some very creative display dividers at said Exhibit:

The undersigned shadowed by the Dick Tracy Exhibit at the Skirball's companion exhibit featuring Superheroes in Film:

The Verdict: "WOW!... ZAP! BAM! POW! Go See This Show NOW!"

Updated, Sat., March 7, 2009

So there I was listening to Jerry Robinson, the creator of THE JOKER (as in the Batman comic book series) chat with Mark Evanier the other nite, Thursday, March 6th, at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.... and in response to a question from the audience, Jerry says that in deciding on the Joker as the protagonist-villain as counterpoint to Batman, that "Names are so Important in Comics"! Well, that is Divine Reassurance for any trademark attorney, to be sure. Comic book character names are so important in comics. And the guy who created THE JOKER said it ! Helloooooo ! Thank you !

And that is EXACTLY why registering your character names as trademarks is so important, if possible ! I rest my case.



Dateline: Feb. 19, 2009 through August 9, 2009.

Venue: Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, Calif.

What: "ZAP! POW! BAM! The Superhero: The Golden Age of Comic Books, 1938 - 1950"


Web Link:

Among the Super Heroes featured are Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman in this exhibit which "showcases work by the Jewish artists and writers who created heroic comic book characters during the late 1930s and '40s." (Westways Magazine, March/April 2009, page 52).


Additionally, there is a companion exhibit produced by the Skirball Center itself called, "It's A Bird, It's A Plane, It's Superheroes of Film and Television!, curated by Ms. Erin Clancey (Palisadian-Post, Feb. 26, 2009, page 11).

Per the Skirball Center's website, "Lights, Camera, Action examines the close relationship and parallel development of the comic book and motion picture industries. Objects on view include the original 1966 Batcycle from the Batman television series on loan from the Petersen Automotive Museum, along with vintage movie posters on loan from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, original comic books on loan from the University of California, Riverside, and movie and television memorabilia."

(Pictured above: Batcycle • Collection of Margie and Robert E. Petersen)

This exhibit is said to include vintage posters and movie costumes from such films as the 1978 Superman movie starring Christopher Reeve, as well as Michael Keaton's Batman costume. No additional admission fee is charged for this exhibit. More bang for your buck! Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and students, and $5 for children 2 - 12. For more information, call 310.440.4564 or on check it out on the web at

Finally, for the comic book afficionado, you may want to calendar attending the chat session at the Skirball on Thursday, March 5th at 8 pm when Golden Age Artist Jerry Robinson will discuss "The Golden Age of Comic Books". This should be a real treat because Robinson is credited with creating Batman's most famous adversary, The Joker, as well as naming Batman's protege, Robin the Boy Wonder.

If you are not yet enticed to see this exhibit, check out the following copy of Jerry Robinson's original sketch from 1940 of The Joker. Note the red shading of the Joker's lips to illustrate the character's makeup.

(Source:; From the Collection of Jerry Robinson).

Zap! Bam! Pow!... and get yourself to this show !

And don't forget that "Superheroes Need Protection Too!"

For that, TrademarkEsq is here for you !


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