New York City has been inspirational in the development of many well-known superheroes, like Batman, Superman, Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four. This walking tour visits the origins of these legendary superheroes, bringing the comics and films to life while exploring the real-life Gotham City and Metropolis.
The tour begins, appropriately, at JHU Comic Books, New York City’s premier comic book shop. Comic books and superheroes were invented in New York in the 1930s, and New York is the inspiration for both Gotham City and Metropolis in DC comics. And Spider-Man, the Avengers, Ironman and the Fantastic Four inhabit the real New York in Marvel comics.
See the battleground where the Avengers fight for humanity on the streets of New York City. Visit the real location of the Fantastic Four’s fictitious Baxter Building. And go to the Daily Bugle, aka the Flatiron Building, from Spider-Man.
Recognize Spider-Man’s perch when he’s using his spider sense? That’s the Chrysler Building, also a stop on this tour. Plus, the Empire State Building has been featured in countless superhero adventures. Find out which ones and visit the iconic landmark. Also find out which superheroes have battled at Grand Central Terminal. Step inside Clark Kent’s workplace, The Daily Planet. And visit the New York Public Library, where Uncle Ben told Peter Parker, “With great power comes great responsibility.”
As a bonus, visit Overlook, a classic American bar where comic book artists have been drawing superhero cartoons on the walls since the 1960s. See it all on this ultimate superhero tour of New York City.