New York has been the spiritual home of superheroes since the 1920s.
Moonlighting under the pseudonym, Gotham City (among other titles), it has been defended by might bat-like men, kryptonite-sensitive beings from other planets, lasso-wielding, Nazi-fighting Amazonians and web slinging science lab nerds. For two months, the New York Historical Society paid homage to these heroes in a special exhibit.
The exhibit brought together some of pop culture’s most sought after treasures. Guarded by an overzealous security goon (hence the very blurry, opportunistic iphone photos), were the original Superman suit from the 1950s TV show, Issue 1 of Superman, Batman, Wonderwoman, Spiderman and Captain America, the original Batmobile from the 1969 series, the 1960s Catwoman suit, Penguin’s umbrella, the actual Bat Phone and the Batinhalator, saving Batman from the various gases the Penguin, Riddler and Joker used on him before he and Robin could “Whack”, “Thack” and “Crash” their way to victory before the final credits.
It was an inspired, well-curated (and well-protected) exhibit that brought together generations and I was glad to have the opportunity to see it in person.