The city and comic books are forever connected. The comic book superhero was inspired by expectations and doubts connected to the urban industrial experience. The imaginary cityscapes in superhero comic books accentuate traditional debates about urban life. Whether the gleaming towers in Superman’s Metropolis or the dark alleys in Daredevil’s Hell’s Kitchen, comic books draw on our collective understanding of city life to tell their imaginary stories. This course will use those fantastic landscapes to explore classic questions about urban development and culture in the United States.