An exhibit in Pittsburgh is chronicling some early artists and a publisher who started to break the comic color barrier in the 1930s and 1940s. The exhibit called “Beyond the Funny Pages” coincides with Black History Month and is being shown through the end of February at the City/County building. It chronicles the contributions of Matt Baker, the first Black to work in the industry; Zelda “Jackie” Ormes, the first Black female comic artist; and Orrin Evans, the first Black comic publisher. The Toonseum, which celebrates comic art, is helping curate the exhibit.
Clarence Matthew Baker Jr.
Zelda “Jackie” Ormes
WAMO 100.1 FM General Manager Gary Gunter brings greetings from the station.
Mayor William Peduto greets visitors at City County Building. (Photos by J.L. Martello)
Joe Wos, Toonseum executive director, talks about exhibit.
Louann Horan, acting director, Parks and Recreation, welcomes guests.