Costumes, Comics & Capers at the DC: Dawn of Super Heroes Exhibition

Super heroes have never been bigger business than right now. Black Panther is currently smashing box office records since its opening and the waves of comic book film adaptations based around their larger than life heroes and villains, such as Tom Hardy’s upcoming Venom, continue to roll in without any signs of letting up.

This week London’s O2 opens its doors to a one-of-a-kind exhibition that will have super hero fans salivating. DC Exhibition: Dawn of Super Heroes is a treasure trove for any enthusiasts of caped crusaders, men of steel and everyone in between as it features over 200 original comic pages and some incredible concept art from many of your favourite films.

Man of Steel Concept Art by Jaime Jones (2013). © & ™ DC Comics & WBEI.

Superman. Batman,Wonder Woman by artist Jaime Jones (2016). © & ™ DC & WBEI

Perhaps most exciting of all are the 45 original costumes, models and props on display from a number of iconic DC movies. It’s your chance to get up close to the Superman costume from 78′ that Christopher Reeve wore.

Costume from Superman (1978) © DC Comics

You can also see many of the different incarnations of Batman outfits over the years (including Clooney’s infamous nippled Batsuit!). And a host of the villains The Dark Night took on including both Jokers, Bane, Catwoman, The Penguin, Mr Freeze and many more.

Clockwise from L-R, Batman costume from Batman (1989), Joker costume from Batman (1989), Batman costume from Batman Begins (2005), Bane costume from The Dark Knight Rises (2012). © & ™DC Comics.

The Exhibition showcases almost a century of artistic creations that followed the introduction of an innovative new genre imagined by two adolescents from Cleveland, Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel, the creators of Superman. First introduced in Action Comics #1 in 1938, Superman, the world’s first Super Hero, quickly revolutionised the era, his caped influence permeating art, literature, fashion, TV and film.

Action Comics #1 – Cover by Joe Shuster (1938) © & ™ DC.

There’s plenty more for bat fans in the exhibition with early looks at the character Bob Kane & Bill Finger created as ‘the Bat-Man’ for DC (“Detective Comics”) off the back of Superman’s success, as well as covers and original drawings from other favourite comics like The Brave and the Bold’s Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman and The Justice League of America.

The Brave and the Bold #28 Cover by Mike Sekowsky, Murphy Anderson, Jack Adler (1960) © & ™DC.

DC Exhibition: Dawn of Super Heroes runs from 23rd February to 9th September 2018

To book tickets, visit www.DCExhibition.co.uk

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