As our own set spy photos this morning show, New York is one big playground for superheroes. It’s also the background for some of the greatest literary and indie comics ever, too. Bookish—an Amazon-alternative backed by a bunch of big publishing houses—has just posted a list of the best depictions of New York in comics, including Superman/Batman, Will Eisner’s tenement tales, and Brian Wood’s totalitarian future in DMZ. All great. We’d throw in a few more indies, to be honest: Bob Fingerman’sMinimum Wage is the definitive tale of 90s New York; My New York Diary by Julie Doucet is another classic, and there’s Leela Corman’s Unterzakhn, Art Siegelman’s In the Shadow Of No Towers, the autobio comics of Dean Haspiel—heck entire swaths of Trip City and Act-i-vate . With dozens of the greatest cartoonists of the day living in New York, there must be some we’re missing.
What about it peanut gallery? What are the great New York City comics?
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.