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Museum exhibits include ‘Cartoons and Comics’and ‘Vintage Black Heroes’

OKLAHOMA CITY  Two exhibits  "Cartoons and Comics" and "Vintage Black Heroes"  have recently been unveiled at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.

"The art in 'Cartoons and Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan' belongs to the museum's Dickinson Research Center and is part of the museum's archives," said Tara Carr, communications coordinator for the museum. "The 'Vintage Black Heroes: The Chisholm Kid Exhibition' is a traveling exhibition organized by the Museum of UnCut Funk. 'The Chisholm Kid Exhibition' includes reproductions of the original full, three-quarter and half-page comic strips that feature the Chisholm Kid."

The "Early Art of Tom Ryan" exhibition consists of Tom Ryan's original drawings and sketches during his high school and Coast Guard years. Original characters Dan the Cop and Joe Campion Jr., as well as several others, can be seen in this imaginative display, according to Carr.

Tom Ryan lived from 1922 until 2011 and was an acclaimed Western artist. Dating from 1936 until 1945, the small drawings reflect on Ryan's life. The exhibition will run through April 1, 2018. 

"'The Chisholm Kid Exhibition' pays homage to thousands of black cowboys who drove cattle along the Chisholm Trail from Texas to Kansas after the Civil War," Carr said. "'The Chisholm Kid,' one of the first black heroes to be featured in a comic strip, ran in the Pittsburgh Courier's first-ever color comic insert from 1950-1954. The exhibition will run through Sept. 17, 2017."

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