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Exhibition - Rawhide Kid: Slap Leather

Monday, Apr 22, 2019 at 11:00am

Cartoon Art Museum
655 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

Johnny Bart made his debut in his own comic book series, Rawhide Kid, in March 1955. The series, published by Marvel Comics forerunner Atlas Comics, was originally written by Stan Lee and illustrated by Bob Brown, although additional artists including Russ Heath, Joe Maneely, and John Severin also contributed to the original 16-issue series depicting the 19th century adventures of the young, arrogant gunslinger.

The original series concluded in 1957, and after a brief hiatus, Stan Lee revived The Rawhide Kid in 1960 as an action-packed western series with his frequent collaborator Jack Kirby, and fans thrilled to his adventures over the course of 151 issues over the next two decades.

Apart from a few short-lived revivals, The Rawhide Kid appeared rarely from 1980 to the early 2000s, when comedy writer Ron Zimmerman proposed a five-issue miniseries, Rawhide Kid: Slap Leather, to be illustrated by legendary comic book artist—and illustrator of the original Rawhide Kid comic book series—John Severin.

The entirety of Severin’s original artwork for Rawhide Kid: Slap Leather was donated to the Cartoon Art Museum’s permanent collection shortly before his death in 2012, and we are honored to display this work publicly for the first time since his passing.

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