Mentors and Monsters: Selections from the Stephen R. Bissette Collection

September 25, 2010
September 26, 2010

From the collection of Stephen R. Bissette

White River Junction, VermontStephen R. Bissette left his mark on comics, drawing swamp things, dinosaurs, and other terrifying creatures. Mentors and Monsters: Selections from the Stephen R. Bissette Collection, the latest exhibition at The Center for Cartoon Studies, features the comics that left their mark on Bissette.

On exhibit Saturdays, 10am-2pm, through October 16

With artwork from Bissette’s formative influences and contemporaries, this show features some of the 20th century’s greatest comic book artists including Jack Davis, Jack Kirby, Joe Kubert, Harvey Kurtzman, and Alex Toth. With additional work by Sam Glanzman, Al Williamson, Bernie Wrightson, John Byrne, and more, Mentors and Monsters sheds light on the artistic lineage and professional accomplishments of one of CCS’s most beloved and accomplished faculty members.

The Center for Cartoon Studies Gallery, 94 South Main Street, White River Junction

Stephen R. Bissette won many industry awards in his quarter-century in comics as a cartoonist, writer, editor and publisher. For more information visit:

The Center for Cartoon Studies is America’s premiere cartooning school and studio, located in the historic village of White River Junction, Vermont. CCS offers the MFA, One- and Two-Year Certificates, and summer workshops. Faculty and visiting artists include many of today’s most celebrated cartoonists. CCS has been featured in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, LA Times, and The Washington Post. CCS is a driving force behind the recent revitalization of White River Junction, bringing jobs, students, and art to the village.


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Jack Kirby (pencils), Dick Ayers (inks). Tales to Astonish #18 (Atlas Comics), April 1961

“Gorgilla Strikes Again!” is from an iconic Stan Lee/Kirby/Ayers collaboration from the now-classic (then reviled) pre-Marvel Silver Age monster comics.

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