In a large exhibition opening on June 6th, the Society of Illustrators in New York City, will be hosting The Art of Spider-Man, containing original artwork by John Romita, Steve Ditko, Todd McFarlane, John Buscema, Ross Andru, Gil Kane, Ron Frenz, Keith Pollard, John Romita Jr. and others.
The exhibit will run through August 26th, 2017 and an opening reception to the public will be held on Friday June 9th at 7:30PM.
The Society of Illustrators explains the contents of the exhibition thus:
This exhibition features art from throughout Romita’s initial Spider-Man run. Featured are (‘twice up’) pages from early in the run and their large size and clean presentation are a joy to behold. Significant pages are exhibited here for the first time, including Spider-Man’s battles with the Green Goblin, the Rhino, Doctor Octopus and many others. There are many pages featuring Romita’s beautiful presentation of Mary Jane Parker and Gwen Stacy, including the original early finished drawings. Also featured are the first 2 weeks of John Romita’s amazing Spider-Man strip run as well as several of his earliest larger Sunday strips.
There are select pages from Steve Ditko, the quirky creator who gave Spider-Man his oblique beginning with fantastic and detailed layouts and cinematic pacing. Other featured Spider-Man artists will include Todd McFarlane who rebooted Spider-Man’s look in 1988 to much fan acclaim, and notable artists such as Ross Andru, John Buscema, Ron Frenz, Gil Kane, Keith Pollard, and John Romita Jr, who all contributed their considerable talents in illustrating this iconic character.
The exhibition also includes rare art from the original Spider-Man newspaper strip, advertising and other illustrative work. It is the largest, and most comprehensive exhibition of Spider-Man art ever seen anywhere in the world.
The art is on loan from the collection of Spider-Man and Romita expert Mike Burkey, and the show is arranged and curated by Comic Art Specialist Rob Pistella.
Find out more about the exhibition and have a look at a photo gallery of some of the original art right here.