Marywood University present Al Williamson: A Tribute today through Oct. 11 in the Mahady Gallery, Shields Center for Visual Arts. The reception will be held October 8 from 6-9 p.m. The exhibition covers sixty years of his art (1950-2010) including over 60 pieces of original art, trading cards, and posters. The exhibit also includes a Flash Gordon record album and pages of Corrigan and Flash Gordon work, Eerie ("The Jungle") and Epic Illustrated ("Relic") covers, Weird Science page from the 50s, a page from Bladerunner, Dark Horse "One Last Job," and Sub-Mariner.
Al Williamson, cartoonist and long time resident of Wayne County, began his professional career in 1948. Williamson achieved popular recognition in the early 1950s as the youngest and most talented contributors to the legendary EC line of comics. Beyond EC, Williamson drew superior work for many comic publishers, including American Comics Group, Atlas/Marvel, Charliton, Classics Illustrated, Dark Horse, Dell, Harvey, King, Prize, Toby and Warren. From 1967 until 1980, he produced the art for the King Features Syndicate's daily Secret Agent Corrigan newspaper strip, and from 1981 to 1984, he drew the daily and Sunday Star Wars newspaper strip. Al Williamson died in June 2010.
"He was one of the more sublimely talented artists to work in mainstream comics," said Tom Spurgeon, editor of the online magazine Comics Reporter. "His men were handsome, his women were beautiful, and the landscapes he drew-alien or westerns or battlefields-always seemed lushly authentic. He made panels you could lose yourself in."
The exhibition is free and open to the public. Gallery hours include Saturday and Sunday 1-4 p.m. and Monday 9 a.m.-4p.m. For further information or directions, contact Marywood University Art Galleries at (570) 348-6278, or visit the gallery website at www.marywood.edu/galleries.
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