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The Skirball chronicles “the quintessential American art form” in its latest exhibit, ZAP! POW! BAM! The Superhero: The Golden Age of Comic Books, 1938-1950, guest curated by Jerry Robinson, a cartoonist who's worked with Batman co-curators Bob Kane and Bill Finger, and co-created the character of The Joker. The display features never-before-seen artwork and books, as well as interactive areas, including a drawing studio, newwstand, Batmobile ride and costume stations for kids. The museum has also organized a companion exhibit that explores the relationship between superheroes and film, with objects on view such as the 1966 Batcycle.

Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Feb. 19. Continues through Aug. 9, 2009

LA Weekly