Comic book’s 50th anniversary celebrated with Green Brain exhibit

Photo courtesy of Green Brain Comics

Sean Bieri contributed this comic on page 4 of the first issue of Fanastic Four. The comic will be on display Wednesday at Green Brain Comics’ Headspace Gallery. 13210 Michigan Ave., Dearborn.

DEARBORN — Fifty years ago a new world was created. Ushered into existence by creators Jack Kirby and Stan Lee, the Marvel Universe was born with the first issue of Fantastic Four in November 1961.

To pay tribute to this comic book, and its lasting impact on popular culture, Green Brain Comics co-owner and Headspace Gallery curator Dan Merritt assigned 26 different artists a page each of the landmark issue’s entire contents — the cover and 25 interior story pages. Each artist was asked to bring his or her own style to the page while staying loyal to the original content and intent of the overall issue.

The results of this tribute will be on display in Green Brain Comics’ Headspace Gallery starting on Wednesday with an opening reception from 7 to 10 p.m. The exhibit will be shown through December 31.

Many local artists will be featured, including contributions from Dave Acosta, John Nagridge, James Anderson and Sean Bieri.

Admission to the reception is free; however, donations will be accepted for the nonprofit arts and literacy advocacy group Kids Read Comics.

Headspace Gallery is inside Green Brain Comics, 13210 Michigan Ave. For more information go to the website or call (313) 582-9444.