Pittsburgh-born widow of Marvel's Mark Gruenwald makes hometown appearances

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Starting Friday, is auctioning a portrait titled "20 Years Tribute to Mark Gruenwald, Mr. Marvel" (above) by David Banegas."

The ToonSeum exhibition "Captain America: 75 Years of the Sentinel of Liberty" is coming to a close with a special event Saturday night at 7.


Catherine Schuller-Gruenwald, widow of "Captain America" writer and Marvel executive editor Mark Gruenwald, is returning to her hometown to greet fans at the ToonSeum and do Ash-o-graph stamping of a commemorative piece created for the New York City Marvel tribute in June. The stamp of Mr. Gruenwald's signature, invented by his widow, contains ink and her husband's cremains.

Mark Gruenwald got his start publishing his own fanzine and writing articles for DC Comics' official fanzine. In 1977, he was hired by Marvel Comics, where he worked until his death on Aug. 12, 1996. One of his wishes was to have his ashes mixed with printer's ink, according to the New York Post, and Ms. Schuller-Gruenwald has helped grant his wish by creating the Ash-o-graph stamp.

His ashes were added to the first print run of the "Squadron Supreme" trade paperback, one of Mr. Gruenwald's most successful projects for Marvel. 

Ms. Schuller-Gruenwald, who attended South Hills High School and Chatham University, on Wednesday scattered "two scoops of Gru" at the base of a 13-foot-tall statue of Captain America following an unveiling ceremony in Brooklyn's Prospect Park, according to the Post.




The ToonSeum event is free and beverages will be available; more on Facebook.



Ms. Schuller-Gruenwald also will make an appearance at New Dimension Comics, Pittsburgh Mills, from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

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