Photo credit: Michael Hnatov
Accession Number: C.2015.269.2
Dimensions: 10.25 in X 6.625 in X 0.125 in
Dimensions (Metric): 26.035 cm X 16.8275 cm X 0.3175 cm
Credit Line: Collection 9/11 Memorial Museum
Superman The Man of Steel DC Comic No. 1 first issue, July 1991. The front cover features an illustration of Superman flying over Manhattan with the Twin Towers on the left.
Soon after it was built, the World Trade Center, and specifically the Twin Towers, took on iconic status. Although initially criticized for their architecture of "gigantism," the two soaring towers soon became a landmark, looming large in the public imagination as an icon of New York City’s audacity and vitality. They were seen as a symbol of America itself—a place of possibilities and dreams that defied limitation.
The Twin Towers, one of New York City’s most photographed landmarks, were used in marketing, featured on postcards and souvenirs, and appeared in movies and television.