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Superheroes in NYC: 5 things you probably didn't know about Superman, Captain America, Iron Man and more

No other metropolis has been as central to the creation and mythology of superheroes as Gotham.

A new exhibit at the New-York Historical Society called “Superheroes in Gotham,” demonstrates how creators of comic books have been inspired by the city since the 1930s. The exhibit also serves as a reminder of the central role the metropolis has played even as superheroes have broken out of their comic book confines to movies that are popular worldwide.

Here are some tidbits from the New-York Historical Society's exhibit, which opened Oct. 9.

IF YOU GO: “Superheroes in Gotham,” Oct. 9 to Feb. 21 at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, 212-873-3400, nyhistory.org

Captain America hails from the Lower East Side

Our hero's alter ego, Steve Rogers, was born
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Our hero's alter ego, Steve Rogers, was born on the Lower East Side in 1920 (July 4, naturally). Making his debut shortly before the United States entered World War II, Captain America's first issue flew off newsstands -- selling more than a million copies. On the cover? Our hero was depicted battling it out with Adolf Hitler.

The first New York Comic Con was held in 1964

The very first ever comic convention took place
Photo Credit: New-York Historical Society

The very first ever comic convention took place in New York City more than 50 years ago! While New York Comic Con just celebrated its 9th official year, the original took place in 1964. The New-York Historical Society exhibit includes a program from the first New York Comic Convention (Comic Con was not a term then) as well as photographs and other paraphernalia.

NYC landmarks in Superman's Metropolis

Although the fictional city in which Superman lived
Photo Credit: New-York Historical Society

Although the fictional city in which Superman lived was based on Toronto, Ontario, Canada, unmistakable New York City landmarks have often appeared, including the Brooklyn Bridge and the 1939 New York World's Fair.

Run-DMC founder has NYC-based comic

Darryl McDaniels, one of the founders of Run-DMC,
Photo Credit: New-York Historical Society

Darryl McDaniels, one of the founders of Run-DMC, started his own superhero comic book in 2014. The hero, DMC, sports a fedora, black frame glasses and sneakers. Stories often take place in Queens, where McDaniels was raised.

HQ of Stark Industries was originally in Queens

Stark Industries is the company founded by Howard
Photo Credit: New-York Historical Society

Stark Industries is the company founded by Howard Stark, the father of Tony Stark, better known as Iron Man. While the company was originally based in Queens -- quite possibly Flushing -- it eventually went international. The Stark family mansion, meanwhile, overlooked Central Park.

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