While New York Comic Con has now played out at the Javits Center, the New York Historical Society at 170 Central Park West between 76th & 77th Streets, is giving us the foundation story, the tale of how and when superheroes were invented in NYC.
The exhibit, which will run until February, looks at six original superheroes who emerged in the 1930′s, Superman, Batman, Iron Man, Wonder Woman, Captain America and Spiderman. Other later characters are in the exhibition but the focus is on this group.
You will see the original comics which feature each of these superheroes and even the typewriter which was used by a New York writer on which the original superman story lines were written.
But the prize exhibit has to be one of the three original batmobiles in all it’s glory, huge and grand and black. In the videos attached to this post you will see snippets of the films from the 1950′s when the superheroes who originated in comics made their way to celluloid for the first time in the 1950′s.
These old film clips seem very antiquated in the age of computer generated imagery but they were magical and thrilling in their time and some of these old clips will be on display too at the New York Historical Society exhibition.