Monday, May 28, 2018

Superheroes Live in Cities

The easy narrative is that good guys protect cities because bad guys want to rule millions of people and that is hard to do by extending yourself over a thousand villages. But there is more to it. The Smallville stories underscore the fact that in order to maintain their dual identities, superheroes need the anonymity of the city. And there is more work in the city. Batman could clean up Traverse City, Michigan, or Rapid City, South Dakota, in one night. Then what? 
Austin: 6th Street facing west from the Littlefield Building
It is tautologous that the city is the center of civilization. Cities acquire populations from the surrounding countryside as much as they grow internally. The city offers opportunity. Coming from diverse local cultures, some close, many distant, the newcomers shed their folkways and adopt new amalgamated customs. The hallmarks today include pizza, burritos, stir fry, and kebap (appropriately being the German adaptation of the Turkish shish kabob).
Austin: Reflections in Frost Tower Southward
Metropolis - Superman (Clark Kent)
Gotham - Batman (Bruce Wayne)
Central City - 2nd Flash (Barry Allen)
Keystone City - 1st Flash (Jay Garrick) and 3rd Flash (Wally West)
Midway City - Hawkman (Carter Hall); 
and Hawkgirl (Shiera Sanders Hall, Kendra Saunders, others...) 
Star City - Green Arrow (Oliver Queen)
Coast City - Green Lantern (Hal Jordan)
Austin: Frost Tower
from the Parapet of 301 South Congress
 Fantastic Four – New York City, Baxter Building
Avenger Headquarters – New York City, Stark Tower
New York City is the hometown of Captain America (Steve Rogers). 
It changed in the telling from the borough of Brooklyn to Manhattan. 
Though Captain America is often on deployment, 
Spiderman lives and works there on a daily basis.
Austin: South from the Capital Factory
enterprise incubator
atop the Austin Center
Marvel Superheroes Who Basically Only Protect New York City
"...Truth, Justice, and the American Way."
A Guide to the Fictional Cities of the DC Universe
Downtown Cleveland looking east from Lakewood
Miami from Miami Beach

Fictional Towns in Comics


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