Then and now
2025 / 2026
Antikenmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwitg
The heroes and heroines of Greek mythology were the archetypal models for the superheroes and heroines in American comic strips. From 1938, the two largest comic book publishers, DC Comics and Marvel, began to create their own mythical world of superheroes, filling their stories with references to the classical world, either by directly presenting Antiquity, by using classical formulas taken out of context or by appropriating its pictorial language and narrative structure.
Our exhibition “Superheroes” aims to juxtapose the imagery from both genres of heroic myth and to show that the classical world, in its adapted form, lives on in this hugely popular medium today.