Hamilton-based Cartoonists of WWII – Steel City Supermen

Steel City Supermen, Hamilton-based cartoonists of WWII; exhibition invitation 2022Comic book illustration

March 4-27, 2022
Opening reception Friday, March 4, 7-9:30pm

The Carnegie is pleased to showcase this important exhibition of comic book illustration by four Hamilton artists working during the years of World War II. For the brief period between 1941-1946, wartime restrictions prevented the importing of comic books and pulp magazines from the U.S. A handful of Canadian publishers subsequently stepped up and began publishing our very own Canadian comics reflecting the political and societal views in Canada at the time. When the war ended, American comics were allowed back into Canada taking over the market again, and by the end of 1946 the production of new, original Canadian comics stopped and didn’t begin again until a generation later. Artists with work in the exhibition include Aram Alexanian, Harry Brunt, Edmond Good, and James ‘Win’ Mortimer. The exhibition is accompanied by a hardcover book as well as a limited-edition comic book, both available for purchase.

Organized by Ivan Kocmarek PhD.

Aram Alexanian (1928-1988)
– carpet and flooring magnate who began drawing comics at 15; had a life-long love of cartooning and comics.

Harry Brunt (1918-1987) – father of sports journalist Stephen Brunt, drew comics and later editorial and sports cartoons for the Spectator; huge Ti-Cat fan.

Edmond Good (1910-1992) – grew up in Westdale; first Art Director of Bell Features comics; moved to US in 1943 to establish a successful comics career there.

Win Mortimer (1919-1998) – grew up on Burris St.; drew propaganda posters at the Otis Elevator Plant during military production; moved to the US after the war and became a main Superman and Batman artist.

~ If you missed Ivan Kocmarek’s lecture on March 24th you can listen to it on the Carnegie Gallery YouTube page with the link below.
Steel City Supermen Lecture by Ivan Kocmarek




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