Arlen Schumer

San Diego Comic Fest Guest Arlen SchumerARLEN SCHUMER is an award-winning comic book-style illustrator for the advertising and editorial markets, a member of The Society of Illustrators and a recognized expert on American popular culture—ABC-TV’s 2020 called him “one of the country’s preeminent authorities on comics and culture,” and Comic Book Artist magazine said he was “one of the more articulate and enthusiastic advocates of comic book art in America”; his comic book art history book The Silver Age of Comic Book Art (Archway Publishing) won the Independent Book Publishers Award for Best Popular Culture Book. His other books are Visions from The Twilight Zone and The Neal Adams Sketchbook.

Be sure to catch Arlen’s Comic Fest programs: The Silver Age of Comic Book Art, The Centennial of the King of Comics, Jack Kirby, Neal Adams: 50 Years On, and The 25th Anniversary of Batman: The Animated Series. And in the meantime, you can visit Arlen at

Praise for The Silver Age of Comic Book Art by Arlen Schumer, which he’ll be signing copies of at his SDCF table:

Steve Ditko praise for The Silver Age of Comic Book Art by San Diego Comic Fest guest Arlen Schumer

“Arlen Schumer is perhaps the very best person on Earth to do this project. Arlen is apart and a part of the Silver Age as much as it is possible to be. Arlen absorbs the Silver Age in comics through his very pores. Without question and sight unseen, I know all people who have an interest in comic books who read this book will enjoy it totally.”—Neal Adams

“Arlen Schumer documents an important period in comic book history, told with an explosive format and stunning design. It reflects the kinetic rhythm of the era.”—Will Eisner (1917-2005)

“A lovingly crafted tribute to the superhero comic of the 1960s, The Silver Age of Comic Book Art (Revised Edition) recaptures the four-color visionary surge of the era, its jet-age psychedelic rush of imagination and the titanic, luminous figures, both real and imaginary, that glittered in its firmament. For a brief moment in the late 20th century, it seemed as if the spirit of the age wore a vivid leotard, a chest emblem, and traveled in a strobing blur of speed lines. For anyone with any interest in or affection for that moment, this beautiful volume is indispensable.”—Alan Moore

“The Silver Age of Comic Book Art by Arlen Schumer is, quite simply, the most beautiful book ever put together on comic art of the 1960s. He has chosen his artist subjects flawlessly…and makes it seem all but inevitable that these artists, this art, best represents the period which saw the flowering of a Silver Age that was, in many ways, a new Golden Age.”—Roy Thomas

The Silver Age of Comic Book Art by San Diego Comic Fest guest Arlen Schumer