In New York for Comic Con? Didn’t want to brave the NYCC crowds but need a superhero fix? Just need one more superhero themed thing to round out your day? Starting October 9th the New York Historical Society will unveil a new exhibit featuring some amazing stuff! Action Comics #1, Amazing Fantasy #15, and a ’66 Batmobile!
The New-York Historical Society is located at 170 Central Park West (at Richard Gilder Way 77th Street, New York, NY 10024) check the website www.nyhistory.org
Check out the press release…
SUPERHEROES TAKE OVER THE NEW-YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Superheroes in Gotham
On View October 9, 2015 – February 21, 2016
New York, NY (August 11, 2015) – This fall, the New-York Historical Society will share the untold history of comic books, a cultural phenomenon born in 1930s New York City that has since taken the world by storm. On view October 9, 2015 through February 21, 2016, Superheroes in Gotham will focus on our culture’s most legendary superheroes – Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Captain America, Spider-Man and Iron Man – as well as more recent characters inspired by the contemporary city. Beyond the characters, Superheroes in Gotham will consider the importance of New York as a creative force behind a uniquely American mythology.
Among the range of material on display will be: a rare comic book featuring Superman’s first appearance (Action Comics No. 1, June 1938), clips from early radio and film adaptations, Philip Pearlstein’s Superman painting (1952), original drawings by Steve Ditko of Spider-Man’s first appearance in Amazing Fantasy (No. 15, 1962), a Batmobile made for the Batman television series (1966), a costume from Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark (2011), hip-hip pioneer Darryl McDaniels’ DMC comic book (2014), and his signature fedora.
“Comics are a huge cultural force, but few remember their New York roots,” said Dr. Louise Mirrer, President and CEO of the New-York Historical Society. “Superheroes in Gotham will immerse visitors in the early days of comics and their evolution, so they can learn more about the genesis of their favorite characters, encounter new voices that continue the creative tradition today, and perhaps see aspects of their own neighborhoods imaginatively captured on the page.”
The exhibition is curated by the New-York Historical Society’s Debra Schmidt Bach, Associate Curator of Decorative Arts, and Nina Nazionale, Director of Library Operations.