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Published 05 June 2017

Frank Quitely

Iconic images of Batman and Superman as well as work by William Hogarth and Picasso features in a fantastic new exhibition at the Clydebank Town Hall.

Iconic images of Batman and Superman as well as work by William Hogarth and Picasso features in a fantastic new exhibition at the Clydebank Town Hall.

The Comic Invention, which runs until Saturday, 29 July, offers both art lovers and comic fans alike the chance to explore the cultural and historical background of graphic narrative from the earliest times up to the present day.

Highlights include artwork by Scotland’s Frank Quitely, one of the world’s top comic book artists with the legendary DC Comics, as well as copies of the Glasgow Punch and Punch issue No.1.

Visitors will also see artefacts and fine art pieces from the Council’s collection and The Hunterian, and the University of Glasgow special collections. This includes the 9th century Skellat Bell, work by Dumbarton born artists William Strang and the 'Wilfred Owen of Cartooning', Archie Gilkison.

Alan Grant, author of Judge Dredd will be holding a question and answer session at one of the events and more than 100 international comics delegates are expected to visit the exhibition.

Susan Ferguson, Head of Marketing and Development at The Hunterian, said: “Comic Invention spans centuries and genres to take an enigmatic look at how stories are told with pictures. We show how the themes of the past match those of today, that you cannot separate high art from low art, and that every picture tells a story- although not always the story that was intended. Visitors will discover the culture of comics is all around, and predominately in Clydebank, with its rich history of the Blitz and the shipyards.

Bailie Denis Agnew, Convener of Communications, Museums and Cultural Development said “West Dunbartonshire Council is pleased to host this exhibition which will showcase work by one of Scotland’s most acclaimed comic artist, Frank Quitely. Comics appeal to all ages and I’m sure everyone who visits this exhibition will fully appreciate the talent of these disparate artists.”

Bailie Agnew added “This exhibition offers a fascinating insight into the history of comics and along with drawings of some very popular characters, visitors can also see selected pieces from the Council’s own collection.”

A range of Comic Invention events and activities will be held throughout the Summer at Clydebank Museum and Art Gallery

Visitors can view the exhibition at The Garden Gallery, until Saturday, 29 July 2017, Monday to Saturday 10am – 4.30pm. Admission is free.