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New York Transit Museum’s newest exhibition is an ode to the subway in comic form

Catch “Underground Heroes” on display beginning June 21

Winsor McCay, 1905.
Courtesy of the San Francisco Academy of Comic Art Collection, The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum.

The New York Transit Museum is getting ready to roll out a new exhibition that takes a fun look into the history of the New York transit system in comics.

“Underground Heroes: New York Transit in the Comics” is being described by the museum as a “raucous ride through New York’s transit system from a range of visual storytellers and draws on satirical cartoons, comic strips, and comic books from the 19th through the 21st centuries.” The exhibit will include contributions from cartoonists like Winsor McCay, Will Eisner, Bill Griffith, and others that have crafted comics that illustrate the influence of mass transit on various stories.

“Underground Heroes: New York Transit in the Comics” takes you on an incredible journey and highlights the simultaneous coming of age of the region’s mass transit systems and of comic books,” said Museum Director Concetta Bencivenga in a press release. “The foundation of each was built by immigrants who made New York their home and the influence of both mass transit and the comic book genre have expanded well beyond Gotham’s city limits. It is an honor to bring this exhibit to the public and share this rich history.”

The exhibition will also include panel discussions, gallery talks, and sketch nights. Catch the exhibition on display from June 21 through January 6, 2019.

Courtesy of the New York Transit Museum NYCTA Photo Unit Collection.
Courtesy of the Artist.
Courtesy of the Artist.

Excerpt from The Red Hook, 2016 by Dean Haspiel