The Impact of NYC on Superhero Comics

A wonderful exhibition is coming to town this fall here in NYC, exploring how my fair city helped create and shape superheroes as we know them today. Titled "Superheroes in Gotham," the show will take place at New-York Historical Society Museum and Library in Manhattan from October 9, 2015, through February 21, 2016. (That's just in time for this year's New York Comic Con, which runs October 8-11, 2015, at the Javits Center.)


The exhibition will examine how New York City played a major role in the history and origins of comic book superheroes from the 1930s through the 1960s. It will look at fandom as well as how contemporary comic book artists, cartoonists, and painters in the Big Apple were inspired and influenced by the colorful medium.


Across three galleries, the show will highlight the birth of superhero comics, how they were adapted for radio, television, and film, and how they impacted other artists. On display will be a rare copy of 1938's Action Comics #1, the Batmobile from the 1960s Batman TV show, clips from a variety of media adaptations, Steve Ditko drawings, and more.


"Superheroes in Gotham" is described as spotlighting "the importance of New York as a creative force behind a uniquely American mythology." New-York Historical Society Museum and Library is located at 170 Central Park West at 77th Street in Manhattan. For more information about this and other shows (like one of the fantastic current shows, "The Hirschfeld Century: The Art of Al Hirschfeld") visit www.nyhistory.org.

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