Sound Lab

On permanent view

Sound Lab: Interactive multimedia installations. Electric guitars, drums, samplers, mixing consoles are ready for jamming – all that’s missing is you.

Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses. Who would’ve thought they’d be a museum item so soon!

Wild Blue Angel: Hendrix Abroad, 1966-1970. A travelling legend, at home in Seattle.

Museum of Pop Culture

June 13th, 2018

Strange and Far-Flung Worlds to Explore


[”…in the late 1950s, Frank Herbert flew to Florence, Ore., in a small chartered plane to write about a U.S. Department of Agriculture effort to stabilize sand dunes with European beach grasses. The author was struck by the way dunes could move, over time, like living things — swallowing rivers, clogging lakes, burying forests. “These waves can be every bit as devastating as a tidal wave . . . they’ve even caused deaths,” he wrote his agent, beginning an article, “They Stopped the Moving Sands,” that was never published.”]
Source: Los Angeles Times

*Robot Gort is a full scale reproduction of the robot from the film ”The Day the Earth Stood Still”, 1951

Museum of Pop Culture

June 13th, 2018

Excelsior! Marvel Universe @ MoPOP || SEAttle

Scarlet Witch #1
David Aja, 2016

Daredevil #188, cover
Frank Miller (pencils), Klaus Janson (inks), 1982

Giant-size X-Men #1, cover
Gil Kane and Dave Cockrum (pencils) and Dave Cockrum (inks), 1975
This rare piece of original art shows the first appearance of the ”new” X-Men literally bursting through an image of the old team.

New X-Men, in-house advertising art
By Dave Cockrum, 1978

The Uncanny X-Men #136, cover
John Byrne (pencils) and Terry Austin (inks), 1980

Wolverine #1, cover
Frank Miller (pencils), Joe Rubinstein (inks), 1982

New Mutants, poster
Art by Bill Sienkiewicz, 1984
Mixed media

Matt Murdock’s cane & glasses as used by Charlie Cox in ”Daredevil” and ”The Defenders” (2015-2017)

Daredevil #69, cover
Art by Alex Maleev, 1998

Daredevil #181, cover
Frank Miller (pencils), Klaus Janson (inks), 1982

Tony Isabella and Arvell Jones created Mercedes Kelly Knight in 1975 for the ”Iron Fist” series. A former NYPD cop, Misty had a mechanical arm (courtesy of Tony Stark), a striking Afro hairstyle (courtesy of Angela Davis) and a tough, sexy attitude (courtesy of the popular so-called Blacksploitation movies that also inspired Luke Cage). As a super-powered woman of colour, Misty was instantly ground-breaking; what’s more, in 1977, Misty and Iron Fist shared what may have been the first interracial kiss in a Super hero comic.

I am Groot, I am Groot, I am Groot, I am Groot (trnsl: Groot as seen in ”Guardians of the Galaxy” (2014)

Museum of Pop Culture

June 13th, 2018

Marvel Universe @ MoPOP || SEAttle

Marvel Comics #1
Cover art by Frank R. Paul, 1939

Captain America Comics #1
Jack Kirby and Joe Simon gave publisher Martin Goodman one of the biggest comic book hits of the 1940s when they invented Captain America. Although America had not yet entered World War Two, Simon, Kirby and Goodman already saw Hitler as a grave threat to the principles of democracy and equality. This bold cover powerfully expressed their feelings.

Flo Steinberg
Stan Lee and Jack Kirby worked with many talented collaborators at Marvel – and if you visited the company in the 1960s, ”Fabulous” Flo Steinberg was probably the first person you’d meet. As Stan’s assistant she handled his appointments, helped keep artists and writers on deadline, responded to fan letters, mailed out ”Merry Marvel Marching Society” kits and even dealt with the Comics Code Authority. When she passed away in 2017 she was celebrated as ”the heart of Marvel (in the 1960s) and a legend in her own right.”

Tales of Suspense #98, cover
Jack Kirby (pencils), Frank Giacoia (inks), 1968

Amazing Fantasy #15
Jack Kirby (pencils), Steve Ditko (inks), 1962

The Amazing Spider-Man #121
Gil Kane (pencils), John Romita Sr. (inks), 1973

Scarlet Witch #1
David Aja, 2016

The Avengers #57, cover
John Buscema (pencils), George Klein (inks), 1968
This legendary cover depicts the first appearance of The Vision

Captain Marvel #28, cover
Jim Starlin (pencils), Pablo Marcos (inks), 1973

Marvel Preview #11, splash page
John Byrne (pencils), Terry Austin (inks), 1977
Watercolour and gouache on paper

Star-Lord has changed a great deal from his original conception here. This page comes from the first story to pair artists John Byrne and Terry Austin; the two would soon be widely admired for their work on the X-Men

Spider-Man, 1978 Calendar Illustration
John Byrne (pencils), Joe Sinnott (inks)

Celebrating 80 years of Marvel Superheroes, the exhibition ran through February 2019. With comics, costumes, props and films, it was Marvel-ously entertaining. I have so much I’d like to show you, that Superheroes will dominate the Humble Fabulist Universe in the coming days. You have been warned!

Seattle, WA

June 13th, 2018

MoPOP by Frank Gehry

Retro futura vibes in the heart of Seattle: Space Needle, the Monorail and Frank Gehry’s Museum of Pop Culture. A spot of time travel in only a few steps. We set out to discover whether they are as fun on the inside as their awesome exteriors suggest.

”When Frank O. Gehry began designing the museum, he was inspired to create a structure that evoked the rock ‘n’ roll experience. He purchased several electric guitars, sliced them into pieces, and used them as building blocks for an early model design.”

Perhaps that was also what inspired the artist of this monumental sound sculpture at the entrance of the museum.

If VI Was IX
The Roots and Branches Sculpture
Artist & Composer: Trimpin

”This sculpture is composed of nearly 700 instruments. Forty are custom-made, computer-controlled self-playing guitars, which perform a series of Trimpin’s compositions expressive of the roots of American popular music.”

Seattle, WA

June 13th, 2018