02 Nov, 2015
If you’re reading this article, then the odds are pretty good you’re at least somewhat interested in comic books! If so, we’re happy to say that walking through the New York Historical Society’s Superheroes in Gotham exhibit is something we absolutely recommend! It really doesn’t matter if you’re brand new to the medium, a casual fan of superheroes, or a longtime mega fan, because the exhibit has something for everyone to appreciate. From a detailed spotlight of popular characters’ earliest moments, to an insightful look at how the characters took over popular culture, the exhibit is not only educational, but also a ton of fun! Oh, and we can’t help but love the fact they have one of the Batmobiles from the classic 1966 Batman show right at the museum’s entrance!
Right when you enter the exhibit, there’s a gallery dedicated to one thing: giving people a greater understanding and appreciation of Marvel and DC’s biggest characters. This first part of the exhibit explores the fictional and real origin story of several big name Marvel and DC characters, including Batman, Iron Man, Wonder Woman, and a few others. Who created them, when did it happen, and how did New York City play such a pivotal role in the birth of comics? Learn about the founding fathers of the American comic book, including Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Joe Simon, Steve Ditko, and many more! There’s action figures based on the classic looks, first appearance comic books on display, original artwork to gaze at (see below!), and plenty of informative and entertaining facts to read. Even if you already know the basics of the popular characters’ creation, it’s still a good time seeing so much material dedicated to each of them and it’s all presented in a way that’ll grab your attention. Looking at the artwork and first appearance issues alone is sure to fill you with joy and keep you staring for quite some time. Plus, there’s a section about how comic books were influenced by World War II, and George Reeves’ Superman costume is on display! Awesome, right?
After you’ve spent a good amount of time immersing yourself in Captain America, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man, and Iron Man’s earlier years, it’s time to take a look at how the characters invaded television! There’s quite a few items on display – including one of Catwoman’s classic costumes – and there’s even two TVs playing classic footage featuring Batman and Superman . And for those who are new to comics or just want to do some rereading, there’s a good amount of comics that are available to read. Obviously, this gallery is where many people will make the wise decision to take a seat and enjoy some classic footage or read one of the numerous comics.
The final gallery showcases a more modern look at comic books and their relation to New York, as well as a couple other interactive treats. The costume from the (short-lived) Spider-Man Broadway musical is on display, Run-DMC fans will have quite a bit to admire, and there’s even a display which reveals just how much comic conventions have changed over the years. When you’re finished reading all of the information on display, there’s two interactive experiences to go before the exhibit is over! First up is a quiz that determines your superhero personality based on your response to several fun questions. After that, there’s a photo booth! You can choose from several different backgrounds, strike a superhero pose, and have the picture e-mailed to you! You can’t take pictures in the exhibit, but this is a fun (and potentially silly) way to remember the experience. We looked at the camera instead of attempting to save the city. Midtown Comics, you have failed this picture!
All in all, The Superheroes in Gotham exhibit is worthy of your attention. New or old, you’ll more than likely enjoy going back to the earliest moments involving some of Marvel and DC’s biggest. The comic book industry has such a rich history, and it’s one that’s well worth exploring all over again, especially if you get to look at so many classic comics, costumes, and artwork!
The Superheroes in Gotham exhibit is open until February 21, 2016. Tickets are $19 for adults, $15 for seniors & educators, children (5-13) are $6, and children 4 and under are free.