As if jumping from the pages of Action Comics themselves, visitors to the Young at Art's Zap! Pow! Bam! The Superhero: The Golden Age of Comic Books, 1938-1950 exhibit are greeted first with an all too recognizable phone booth, where a certain mild manner reporter made his famous transformations. Turning the corner, they are greeted by none other than the Man of Steel himself, bursting from a brick wall as if going to save the day. Right from here, attendees can expect to be carried through history, where some of the most renown heroes of comic book legend were first born.
Zap! Pow! Bam! is not a huge exhibit, but what lacks in size, it more than makes up for in heroics. Not just in the characters from the comics though, but also the artists who brought these timeless crusaders of justice to life. Early in the walkthrough, there are newspapers from this era, which give excellent context as to what was going on in the world at the time. And across all the walls are framed artwork and vintage comics, including such titles as Superman, Namor the Sub-Mariner, and The Human Torch. Adding to the vibe of the mid twentieth century are examples of newsstands with newspapers hanging above stacks of comics, a writing desk where a large typewriter sits, and a large drawing table where these characters were brought to life. Collectables from the Golden Age are also on display, from board games to toys.
The exhibit is definitely a good time for young children who are into superheroes (So basically, all of them). Along the walls of art and bios for the different artists are activities that children to engage in. These activities include Kryptonite crafting, mask making, superhero dress-up, and even an area for kids to draw their own comics. Another fun attraction there is the Superhero Cinema, which plays classic movies like the 1948 Superman and the 1944 Captain America.
The Zap! Pow! Bam! exhibit is an undeniably good time for people of all ages. While it caters mostly to children, it can be enjoyed by parents, comic book enthusiasts, and even history buffs. This exhibit is open until January 5th, 2014, so there is plenty of time to check it out. The Young at Art Museum is located in Davie, Florida, by Flamingo Road.