Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Press Release: "Salicrup's Section" at MoCCA

Couldn't happen to a nicer guy! Below is from Jim Salicrup's MySpace blog:



NEW YORK (April 19, 2007) – The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA) today announced that it was beginning preparations for the opening of "Salicrup's Section," an exhibit that will celebrate the long and varied career of comic book writer and editor Jim Salicrup.

The exhibit, which opens on May 4th, 2007 as part of the New York Artist showcase, will be curated by Matthew Murray, MoCCA's Managing Director and the lead curator behind MoCCA's recent featured exhibit, "Saturday Morning: Art and Artifacts from a Golden Age of Television" which closed on April 16, 2007 after being extended due to popular demand..

In 1972, James A. Salicrup, then a 15 year-old high school student began a career at Marvel Comics in a position that would now be referred to as "an intern." In his twenty year stint at "The House of Ideas," Salicrup carved out a unique career and worked on the company's flagship books throughout the 1980s becoming an architect of the "Bronze" and "Iron" ages of super-hero comics. His achievement as the editor of the best-selling Spider-Man comicbook of all time was recently recognized in the 2007 Guinness Book of World Records.

Salicrup left Marvel in the early 1990s to become the editor-in-chief of Topps Comics, later he became a writer and senior editor at Stan Lee Media, and he currently is the editor-in-chief of Papercutz, a company that specializes in producing graphic novels for all ages.

In his 35 years on the comics scene Salicrup has worked with a pantheon of industry greats. The list includes not only his own heroes such as Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Roy Thomas and Steve Ditko, but current industry giants whose career "Slim Jim" helped foster such as Kyle Baker, Kurt Busiek, Fred Hembeck, and Todd McFarlane.

Salicrup, himself, is an occasional artist, who can often be found selling his self-professsed "lousy sketches" on the comic convention circuit while promoting his new titles and the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art – an organization of which he is a trustee.

"Salicrup's Section" will be on display throughout the summer, with a private invitation-only reception to be held to honor the creator. The Museum is currently seeking monetary donations to help support the mounting and marketing of the exhibit.

(Above: Jim Salicrup and Stan Lee)

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