POW! Capturing Superheroes, Chess & Comics!
AgesAll Ages Adults & kids together
With Pow! Capturing Superheroes, Chess & Comics, the WCHOF is delighted to present a family-friendly exhibit geared toward visitors of all ages. This colorful and interactive exhibit is sure to wow even the most seasoned museumgoer. Visitors will enjoy:
- Over 200 chess-themed comic books § Dressing up like their favorite superheroes
- Taking a selfie in the photo booth § Perusing favorite comics in the reading room
- Illustrating in a drawing room § Playing chess on fun boards featuring Spiderman, Batman, Wonder Woman and more.
The historic comics collection includes rare editions, such as the earliest chessrelated cover, DC Comics' More Fun Comics 76, released in 1942, and a 1947 DC Action Comics Superman in The Cross Country Chess Crimes. Additionally, objects will be on view for comic and chess aficionados to appreciate, including limited edition, collector comic-inspired chess sets. This novel exhibit is designed to bring out the kid in everyone!
“We are thrilled to introduce this new exhibit. In Pow! Capturing Superheroes, Chess & Comics, the fantastical worlds of superheroes, chess and comics come to life in an interactive and educational way. We look forward to welcoming visitors of all ages,” said Shannon Bailey, chief curator.
Works in this exhibit are from the collection of WCHOF as well as on loan from Bernice and Floyd Sarisohn and Jeff Pennig, lender of original artwork by Bob Clarke from the 1963 No. 78 issue of Mad Magazine. Written contributions are by Michael Tisserand, author of Krazy: George Herriman, A Life in Black and White and Roy Thomas, former Editor in Chief at Marvel Comics.
This year commemorates the fifth anniversary of the WCHOF. The organization has welcomed more than 60,000 visitors since its opening. Its widespread acclaim has been complemented by the efforts of its sister organization, the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, an educational institution that focuses on teaching and promoting the game of chess. The combined efforts of the Saint Louis chess campus led the United States Senate, in 2014, to declare Saint Louis the national capital of chess.