In 1961, John F. Kennedy became U.S. President, Alan Shepard Jr. launched as the first American into outer space, Captain America celebrated its 20th anniversary, and the publishing house Marvel Comics was founded.
Earlier superheroes like Human Torch, Namor the Submariner, and Captain America were not yet heroes of the Marvel Universe, but operated under the label Timely Comics. In fact, Marvel Universe, now famous for its comics, Hollywood blockbusters, and series on Netflix and Disney+, didn't take off until the summer of 1961 with its first official Marvel comic, Fantastic Four #1.
The universe grew quickly. In 1962, the Hulk and Spider-Man saw the light of the Marvel world. In 1963, Iron Man was added forming the ultimate superhero team, the Avengers.
The six decades of comic drawings show the history and development of comics’ most popular superheroes, but they also give space to lesser-known characters.
Comics frequently act as harbingers of progressive social and political developments by denouncing injustice, and subtly - but sometimes brutally - conveying the zeitgeist of their respective generations. But they also reveal the authenticity and human weaknesses of their protagonists who are often portrayed as people from the real world. They struggle with their superpowers, fear not being able to fulfill their responsibilities, and even sometimes threaten to resign. Often, the action in the background pales compared to the examination of characters' personalities and interpersonal relationships.
The exhibition is dedicated to the Marvel Age of Comics since 1961, celebrating 60 years of the Marvel Comics Universe and honoring the 80th anniversary of Captain America.
More than 180 original drawings, letters and rare exhibits by outstanding cartoonists such as Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, John Buscema, Sal Buscema, Don Heck, John Romita Sr., John Romita Jr, Bob Layton, Todd McFarlane, Bill Sienkiewicz, George Perez, Alex Ross, Joe Quesada and Mike Zeck display the craft and creation of comics worthy of the ninth art form. These provide deep insights into Marvel's ever-expanding universe.
Opening hours will depend on the Corona regulations in place for the Free State of Bavaria.
Wednesday - Friday 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Closed on public holidays.
The exhibition will stay closed during our summer break from August 1 through to August 31, 2021.
Please note our up-to-date information concerning our Corona regulations. Also, the coat check is currently not available due to hygiene measures.
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Supported by the German Federal Foreign Office and the U.S. embassy.
With the kind support of the Amerikahaus Association.
Contact: Dominik Raabe, Joanna King, Nina Müller
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(Photo: Secret War: Spider-Man, Gabriele Dell’Otto © MARVEL)