Shelton Drum, owner of the Charlotte, North Carolina, comics store Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find and founder of HeroesCon, has been collecting original art for years from such creators as Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Wally Wood, John Romita and Frank Miller — but that’s only for starters. And beginning Friday, the public will be able to say that art on display for the first time in an exhibit at the William King Museum in Abingdon, Virginia.
Called “Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find: the Comic Art Collection of Shelton Drum,” the exhibit features private commissions and original pages spanning from the 1950s to today; there’s also original HeroesCon promotional artwork from the likes of Mike Mignola, Darwyn Cooke and James Jean.
“I’m apprehensive, but excited,” Drum said. “I’m honored and pleased that I can share my collection but it wasn’t something that I thought was going to happen anytime soon.”
Staged with the help of the Out of Step Arts Collective, the exhibit continues through June 29. An opening reception is scheduled for Feb. 6.