Students, employees invited to view WWII comics in college gallery

Published 09.02.2020

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Pennsylvania College of Technology students and employees are invited to The Gallery at Penn College to view “Victory for a Dime: The Fighting Comic Books of the Second World War.”

The free exhibit can be viewed through Oct. 2 on Mondays 2 to 7 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays 1 to 7 p.m.; Wednesdays 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Fridays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the gallery, located on the third floor of Madigan Library.

Among the artwork on display through Oct. 2 at The Gallery at Penn College is this Captain Marvel Adventures comic book cover from 1942.A small sampling of the exhibit is also available on the gallery's website.

“While the gallery remains closed to the public, we are taking this opportunity to explore and refine a virtual component to our exhibits,” said Penny Griffin Lutz, gallery director. “The online offerings will continue in the future and help us to fulfill our mission of providing an educational resource to our students and a cultural asset to the community. We look forward to welcoming the community back into the gallery when it is safe to reopen.”

"Victory for a Dime"“Victory for a Dime” offers a dramatic glimpse into comic books’ early years.

Whether one is interested in art or history, the comic book covers of the World War II era offer a compelling exploration of the medium that fought Hitler and the Nazis on the newsstands.

Examining this historical art form illuminates relevant political and social issues of the past and present.

Featuring over 125 stunningly restored comic books covers from the collection of Mark Fertig, professor and department head of art and design at Susquehanna University, the exhibit showcases the vibrant, often shocking images that exemplified the comic book industry throughout the war years and helped comics cement an everlasting place in American popular culture.

Fertig is the author of “Take That, Adolf! The Fighting Comic Books of the Second World War” and “Film Noir 101: The 101 Best Film Noir Posters from the 1940s-1950s.”