Vintage Black Heroes Exhibition

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A Panel Exhibition Featuring Vintage Black Comic Strips From The 1950’s


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The Museum Of UnCut Funk has acquired exclusive licensing rights to four Vintage Black comic strips published by the Smith-Mann Syndicate during the 1950’s: Guy Fortune, Mark Hunt, Neil Knight and The Chisholm Kid.

These characters were the first Black heroes to ever appear in a comic strip. They were featured in a first time ever color comic newspaper insert featuring Black comic strips in the Pittsburgh Courier, the only Black newspaper to carry the insert, from 1950 through 1954.

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The first Black U.S. Secret Agent to appear in a comic strip.

Spy who conducts secret missions for U.S. Intelligence all over the world.

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The first Black Private Investigator to appear in a comic strip.

Fights crime in the big city.

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The first Black Astronaut / Space Adventurer to appear in a comic strip.

Character was originally known as Neil Knight Of The Air, a famed stunt pilot reminiscent of the Tuskegee Airmen, before he became the first Black space traveller

 

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The first Black Cowboy to appear in a comic strip.

Pays homage to the 5,000 to 9,000 Black Cowboys who drove cattle along the Chisholm Trail from Texas to Kansas after the Civil War.

As the original art and newspapers were not preserved, very few copies of these comics, if any at all, currently exist. We believe we have access to the largest collection of, and for some of these comics, the only color copies that remain. These comics have not been seen since the 1950’s.

The Museum Of UnCut Funk has curated an exhibition featuring these Vintage Black comic strips to commemorate the 65th anniversary of their introduction.

The 101 panel exhibition features reproductions of the original full, three quarter and half page comics from all four comic strips on artist grade canvas. Additional panel materials are also available.

You can learn more and see some of these vintage comic strips on the following pages our website:

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The number of comic panels in the Vintage Black Heroes Exhibition are as follows:
  • Total Vintage Black Heroes Exhibition – All Four Comic Strips – 64 – Full Page Strips (36×24), 2 – 3/4 Page Strips (28×24), 19 – Half Page Strips Printed On 14 Full Page Panels (18×24), 21 – Text / Character Panels
  • Guy Fortune – 25 Panels – 20 – Full Page Strips (36×24), 5 – Text / Character Panels
  • Mark Hunt – 25 Panels – 20 – Full Page Strips (36×24), 5 – Text / Character Panels
  • Neil Knight – 25 Panels – 4 – Full Page Strips (36×24), 2 – 3/4 Page Strips (28×24), 19 – Half Page Strips Printed On 14 Full Page Panels, 5 – Text / Character Panels
  • The Chisholm Kid – 25 Panels – 20 – Full Page Strips (36×24),  5 – Text / Character Panels

Estimated space required for the 101 panel exhibition is 240 running feet.

Solo comic strip exhibitions are also available for rental.

For more information and rental fees or to book the any of our Vintage Black Heroes exhibitions please contact the Curator, Sista ToFunky.

 

Vintage Black Heroes Exhibition Schedule

 

Vintage Black Heroes Exhibition Results

Our Vintage Black Heroes Exhibition is off to a stellar start as 12,321 people saw our exhibition focussed on The Chisholm Kid at the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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Feedback:
  • Exhibition was very well received
  • Peaked curiosity and interest
  • People never knew comics existed and appreciated seeing them
  • People wondered why they had never heard of these comics and wanted to learn more, get information on them
  • Everyone lingered and read all of the panels
Rationale for taking the exhibition:
  • Comic strips were introduced during the same decade as the Brown V. Board Of Education supreme court ruling and subsequent desegregation of  Little Rock Central High School, provides cultural context
  • The Chisholm Kid focus on Social Justice is consistent with Little Rock desegregation legacy
  • Positive character from the Civil Rights era when there were very few
  • Novelty – never been exhibited before
Visitors:
  • Attracted a Multicultural audience – 65% minority population / 35 % general market population
  • 85% of visits for educational purposes
  • Scholars
  • Local Residents
  • Domestic Tourists From Bordering States
  • International Tourists
  • Students – 4th grade through High School
  • Central High school students who visit facility after school

Our second exhibition at the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site in Little Rock, Arkansas focussed on Guy Fortune and was seen by 11,253 people.

The results were consistently with The Chisholm Kid exhibition. The visitor mix reflected a summer crowd.

Visitors:
  • Attracted a Multicultural audience – 65% minority population / 35 % general market population
  • End of year school trips
  • Vacationers
  • Black Family Reunion attendees
  • Youth Groups
  • Church groups
  • Summer School

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