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Skirball Cultural Center

2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049 - (310) 440-4500

Lights, Camera, Action: Comic Book Heroes of Film and Television

Ongoing through August 9, 2009


  • Included with Museum admission (tickets at the door): $10 General; $7 Seniors and Full-Time Students; $5 Children 2–12; Free to Members and Children under 2; Free to all on Thursdays


This companion exhibition to ZAP! POW! BAM! explores the role of comic book heroes in film and television through vintage movie posters, rare comic books, and other objects and memorabilia.

This companion exhibition to ZAP! POW! BAM! explores the enduring connection between comic book heroes and the moving image. Almost immediately after their rise to prominence in comic books, super heroes transcended their pulpy origins to find expression in theater, music, films, and television. Lights, Camera, Action examines the close relationship and parallel development of the comic book and motion picture industries. Treasured objects on view include the original 1966 Batcycle from the Batman television series, an original of Action Comics #1—featuring the first appearance of Superman—and Christopher Reeve's Superman costume.

(pictured above at left) Batcycle • Collection of Margie and Robert E. Petersen 

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