Why Seattle (and Environs) is a Very Cool Place to Live

And, no, we aren’t prostrating ourselves before the techies who’ve raised housing prices (and restaurant prices etc. etc. etc.) into the stratosphere.

Instead, we’re saluting Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture and its latest exhibit, the Marvel Universe of Super Heroes. In other words, as this article puts it:

The single very best ever version of the Thing ever presented in any media (that isn’t by Jack Kirby)!

Drool over Marvel Comics’ rarest original art, costumes at new museum exhibit
by Sam Machkovech

As the Marvel Cinematic Universe expands to every movie theater in the world, the MoPOP Museum of Pop Culture (formerly Experience Music Project) swoops in this week with an exhibit that reminds fans where the heck these costumed heroes came from: the comics pages.

Marvel Universe of Super Heroes, a massive, two-story exhibit, began its world-premiere run in Seattle on Saturday with a mix of incredible historical context and Marvel’s strange, narrow focus within the MCU. The very good news, as seen in the first gallery, is that the Marvel (which began life in 1939 as Timely Publications) is represented by way of a ton of original production art.

MoPOP has filled its exhibit’s halls with large, framed pieces of art, but the biggest stunners aren’t full-color, perfectly polished posters. Instead, that honor goes to countless production pages, all revealing original pencil lines, ink traces, white-outs, and color-request markings.

“Without private collectors, we wouldn’t have a show,” curator Benjamin Saunders frankly admitted to Ars, as pretty much every piece has a collector’s name attached. When pressed, Saunders pointed to longtime writer and producer David Mandel (Veep, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Seinfeld) as the exhibit’s largest contributor. The collection’s main exception is the first-ever appearance of Spider-man on a comic page, on loan from the Library of Congress for only three months. (“I shudder to think of the insurance value,” Saunders notes about that page.)…

Read it all at arstechnica.com