New Mural Tells the History of an Ohio Fire Department…Comic Book Style

  • Source: WYSO-FM 91.3
  • Published: 12/31/2020 12:00 AM

PHOTOS: Dayton's newest mural stretches an entire city block and tells the history of the city’s Fire Department. It starts at the corner of Main and Buckeye Streets, then runs down Buckeye, all the way to Dayton Fire Station Number Eleven. For this long mural, Tiffany Clark used classic comic book style, borrowing from mid-century versions of Spiderman and the Fantastic Four. She says it was harder than she expected. “My brain was like, ‘Yeah! Comics! That will be easy!’” Clark says. “But it is not my style and it is a very signature style. It took me a while to figure out how to do it properly.” Clark was intentional in what characters she used to tell each story. For example, she recreated a popular 1970s Black Panther comic book cover, but now it’s Dayton’s first black firefighter, Radolph Tams, who joined the force in 1907. She says she learned a lot of Dayton history over the four months the mural took to complete.


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