Have you been following us on Twitter @NYHistory? If so, you enjoyed a glimpse of Superheroes in Gotham, our adventurous exhibition exploring New York’s comic book history. We kicked off our superhero-a-day countdown on Monday. And starting today, you can see early comics, costumes, and even a 1960s Batmobile in person! Tonight, we’re continuing the celebration with a free comic book trivia night and a weekend of fun family programs. Kids 13 and under receive free admission!
Comic book superheroes have protected Gotham for nearly a century. Flying, caped, and invisible, Herculean men and women with superhuman powers and convincing day jobs have leaped off the page onto the stage and air waves, to television and silver screens, and more recently, into the virtual gaming world. Decades since their creation, these mythic heroes remain seminal figures in American popular culture.
Superheroes in Gotham traces New York comic book history. Since their introduction in the late 1930s, superheroes have been powerful role models and a reflection of the times. Each grappled with topical societal anxiety. During the Cold War, superheroes battled Soviet villains, whereas today, they combat cyber terrorists and search for meaning in the ever fast-paced digital age. While exploring the comic book’s New York origin, the exhibition also emphasizes its contemporary reach. The comic book, though now considered a great American art form, has spread to the far reaches of the globe.
Check out some of the highlights from the exhibition below and be sure to zoom over to New-York Historical to see Superheroes in Gotham.