The Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco is having a timely exhibition. Starting on March 31st, their new show will be “The Infinite Universe of Jim Starlin.” Yes, that would be the same Jim Starlin whose work on Captain Marvel, Warlock, Silver Surfer, Infinity Gauntlet and the like is being heavily drawn upon for the Avengers: Infinity War movie that’s debuting in a few weeks. He’s also known for Dreadstar, which doesn’t get nearly enough attention these days. So go to the museum and get some culture.
Official PR follows:
The Cartoon Art Museum presents The Infinite Universe of Jim Starlin, an exhibition celebrating the art and innovation of Jim Starlin. His acclaimed 1970s tenure as the writer and artist of the Marvel Comics Captain Marvel and Warlock redefined the word “cosmic” and pushed the boundaries of mainstream superhero comics to their limits—and beyond.
Starlin’s signature creation, Thanos, is the featured villain in Marvel Studios’ forthcoming feature film Avengers: Infinity War, which draws inspiration from many of Starlin’s Marvel Comics stories, including Captain Marvel, Warlock, Silver Surfer, and The Infinity Gauntlet. The Cartoon Art Museum’s retrospective celebrates the art and the artist behind these cosmic masterworks with a showcase of his Marvel Comics creations.
This exhibition will also feature a selection of costumes and props from the Marvel Cinematic Universe courtesy of Allan Lavigne and Bronze Amory Studios, as well as highlights from the Cartoon Art Museum’s permanent collection.
The Infinite Universe of Jim Starlin is on display at the Cartoon Art Museum from March 31 through September 4, 2018.
About JIM STARLIN
After writing and illustrating comics for a number of fan publications, Jim Starlin (b. 1949) got his break at Marvel Comics in 1972, and quickly established himself as one of the most dynamic storytellers of the era referred to by historians as The Bronze Age of Comics.
Starlin’s affinity for space opera and cosmic action led to fan-favorite, character-defining story arcs featuring Marvel’s Captain Marvel and Warlock, and his own creations including Drax the Destroyer, Gamora, Pip the Troll, and the intergalactic despot Thanos.
In 1982, Starlin wrote and illustrated the first graphic novel published by Marvel Comics, The Death of Captain Marvel, and it remains one of the most popular and influential Marvel Comics of that era. His creator-owned comic Dreadstar was published by Marvel’s Epic Comics imprint, and Starlin concluded the decade with a memorable stint at DC Comics, writing such memorable tales as Batman: The Cult (illustrated by Bernie Wrightson), Cosmic Odyssey (illustrated by Mike Mignola), and Batman: A Death in the Family (illustrated by Jim Aparo).
Starlin returned to Marvel in 1990 with a cosmos-shattering stint as the writer of the monthly Silver Surfer comic book, illustrated by Ron Lim. The series reintroduced Thanos and led directly to The Infinity Gauntlet, an epic crossover series pitting an omnipotent Thanos against the entire Marvel Universe. That series, and Starlin’s subsequent works for Marvel, serve as the template for the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first major story arc, culminating in the April 2018 feature film Avengers: Infinity War.
Starlin has earned many accolades and awards for his writing and his artwork, and has been a fan-favorite throughout his career in comics. In 2017, in recognition of this stellar body of work, Starlin was inducted into the Will Eisner Hall of Fame.
About The Bronze Armory Studios
Allan Lavigne, Studio Head of The Bronze Armory Studios, has nearly 40 years of experience in both television and film in the design and creation of costumes and props.
Mr. Lavigne has 57 awards for his work with numerous television and film studios, such as NBC’s Mark VII Production Project UFO, G4 Network’s popular Attack of the Show, Sony Pictures, and Lucasfilm. His work is frequently showcased on the CW Network’s popular pop culture review show The Geekery View. Mr. Lavigne lectures on costume design and creation and exhibits annually at San Diego Comic-Con International.
ABOUT THE CARTOON ART MUSEUM
The Cartoon Art Museum’s mission is to ignite imaginations and foster the next generation of visual storytellers by celebrating the history of cartoon art, its role in society, and its universal appeal. The museum’s vision is to be the premier destination to experience cartoon art in all its many forms from around the world, and a leader in providing insight into the process of creating it.
Todd Allen wears a lot of hats. At various times he’s been (alphabetically), a bouncer, college professor, humor columnist, Internet producer and an NBA/WNBA Beat Writer, among other things. He’s the author of Economics of Digital Comics. You should probably read it.