Secret War Spider-Man, Gabriele Dell'Otto © MARVEL

Exhibition "60 Years Marvel Comics Universe"

Tuesday, June 1, 2021 - Thursday, September 30, 2021

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 KirbySteve DitkoJohn BuscemaSal BuscemaDon HeckJohn Romita Sr.John Romita Jr, Bob LaytonTodd McFarlaneBill Sienkiewicz, George PerezAlex RossJoe 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.

The exhibition will take place as part of the Comic Festival Munich 2021.

Picture: Secret War Spider-Man, Gabriele Dell'Otto © MARVEL

Exhibition Poster "60 Years Marvel Comics Universe" © Jonas Scharf MARVEL

The poster motif for the exhibition was designed exclusively by the Marvel cartoonist Jonas Scharf from Nuremberg. It shows the 2011 created character Miles Morales reading the first Marvel comic, "Fantastic Four #1". Morales has both African American and Latin American roots and is the successor to Peter Parker as Spider-Man.

Poster: 60 Years Marvel Comics Universe ©Jonas Scharf MARVEL

Guided video tour featuring exhibition curator Michael Kompa. Click on the gear icon to turn on English subtitles.

Free admission

From Tuesday, June 01, 2021 until Thursday, September 30, 2021
The exhibition is closed during summer break from August 01, 2021 until August 31, 2021.

Monday to Friday 4 p.m. - 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Closed on public holidays.

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