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The ToonSeum is pleased to announce the May 6 opening of our latest exhibit, “Captain America: 75 Years of the Sentinel of Liberty,” coinciding with the release of the MARVEL Studios movie, CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR.

The exhibit features pages of original comic-book artwork by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, the co-creators of the character Captain America. Other pages feature art by a number of legendary comic book artists, including John Romita, Sal Buscema, Mike Zeck, Frank Miller, John Byrne, and Tim Sale. Also featured are rare vintage comic books, a movie prop replica Captain America shield, and an assortment of other memorabilia.

“This may be the coolest superhero original art exhibit we have ever had at the ToonSeum, with collectors from all over the country and Canada loaning us some incredible examples of Captain America art, showing how he has changed through the decades,” said curator Stuart Neft.

There are very few first appearances of a character that makes a statement quite as strong as punching Adolph Hitler in the face, but Captain America did just that in his 1941 debut on American newsstands in CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS #1. Since his inception, Captain America has continued to hold a metaphorical mirror to our nation’s politics and culture. Beginning with the Axis threat of World War II, Captain America has been present, helping us understand our complicated history with Communism, Viet Nam, Watergate, 9/11, the Patriot Act and beyond.

The idea of a character who can fully represent the nation in all of its many variations is difficult, if not impossible, to envision. Captain America, at his best, encompasses the entire spectrum.

“Captain America: 75 Years of the Sentinel of Liberty” runs from May 6 through August 14. All U.S. military personnel and veterans receive free admission. The opening celebration is Friday, May 27th at 7pm. Party admission is $10 and includes light snacks and beverages.

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Cartoonists Tackle the 2016 Presidential Race

Work by the nation’s leading editorial cartoonists will be on display at The ToonSeum, Pittsburgh’s museum of cartoon art, in a show that examines the current presidential campaign from an often critical reference point. The show, THIS CAMPAIGN IS YUUUGE! Cartoonists Tackle the 2016 Presidential Race, opens May 20th and will run through Aug. 28th.

“If 2015-16 was a nightmare for those who desired civility and principle in their elections, it was a dream for America’s editorial cartoonists,” said Tom Waseleski, former Editorial Page Editor at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “From Trump’s hair to Clinton’s pantsuits, from “Lyin’ Ted” to “Little Marco,” the nation’s leading satirical artists took full advantage. How could they not?”

THIS CAMPAIGN IS YUUUGE! is a collection of the best campaign cartoons by American political cartoonists, both liberal and conservative-leaning, whose work regularly appears in major daily newspapers and online. The show features more than 50 original cartoons, prints and sketches on this year’s race for president, including work by Pulitzer Prize winners Jack Ohman, Signe Wilkinson, Joel Pett, Matt Wuerker, Ann Telnaes, Matt Davies, Steve Sack and many more.

"Ross Perot was an amazing gift to editorial cartoonists covering the '92 and '96 presidential campaigns," recalls Rob Rogers, editorial cartoonist, ToonSeum President and curator of this exhibit. "I remember thinking back then that there could never be another wacky, billionaire outsider candidate who would be this much fun to draw. Boy, was I wrong!"

Whether you are a fan of Hillary, Bernie, Ted, Jeb, Marco or The Donald, there is something for everyone in this exhibit. The images offer pointed wit, biting insight and, mercifully, a sugar coating of laughs to help this bitter political year go down more easily. Now there’s a way to make America great again.

An opening reception, which includes admission to the Captain America opening as well, is scheduled for Friday, May 27th at 7pm, at the Toonseum, located at 945 Liberty Ave., in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. Party admission is $10 and includes light snacks and beverages.

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