When 25-year-old Max Simon died unexpectedly in 1999, he left behind a collection of more than 21,000 comic books. It was that collection that his parents Bren and Melvin Simon donated to the museum, and it was from such a vast resource that the museum selected 800 volumes to feature in the 2008 exhibit Comic Book Heroes: Featuring the Max Simon Comic Book Collection.
Content of exhibit
With examples ranging from The Avengers to the X-Men, from Wonder Woman to The Powerpuff Girls, and from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to Spider-Man, the exhibit attracted more than 300,000 visitors during its yearlong run. They learned about the different genres of comics from superheroes to comic characters, and scary and educational stories. They also learned how to create characters and develop a comic book, read classic comics, and explored Japanese manga.
Also on display were a Silver Surfer statue created for the film Fantastic Four: The Rise of the Silver Surfer, Superman and Batman capes worn by Christopher Reeve and Adam West respectively, and a Batmobile used in the films Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. The exhibit was open from May 3, 2008 to May 3, 2009.