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This website is based on a display that was on view at the National Museum of American History from November 2018 to January 2020.

Superheroes first bound from the pages of comic books into our popular imagination in the late 1930s. Since then, their ever-expanding roster has diversified to better represent creators and fans. With stories that shape our shared mythology, superheroes help us to examine contemporary life, engage in complex ideas, and inspire us to believe that we can save the world.

Explore the two main sections of this exhibit: Costumes and Merchandise, and Comic Books.