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Some of the world's most beloved and powerful super heroes face off at a new exhibit at The ToonSeum, When Universes Collide: The Ultimate Superhero Smackdown.

The exhibit asks the question only fans can answer: Who would win in a match between Iron Man and Batman? Superman and Thor? Wonder Woman and Storm?

  “With superheroes doing blockbuster business and dominating the cineplex in 2014, we thought we’d be remiss if we didn’t join in the celebration and have some fun with these great heroes this summer," said ToonSeum Director Joe Wos. "It also allows us to introduce fans of the movies to the source material— the original art from the comic books and the animated cartoons.“ 

The exhibit covers the crimefighting careers of each hero, represented by artwork from legendary comic creators like Jack Kirby, Jim Steranko, Darywn Cooke, Adam Hughes and more. The original comic book and animation artwork spans more than 70 years of Super-hero history,  

Each week, for six weeks, fans will be able to vote for their favorite heroes using their smartphones in the museum galleries or on the ToonSeum’s Facebook page. The winner of each smackdown will be posted weekly on the ToonSeum’s Facebook and Twitter feeds.

  ”This exhibit has been in the planning stages for a long time," said exhibit co-curator Harold Behar.  "We have been working with top comic art collectors from around the region and nation to assemble this exhibit and bring this art to Pittsburgh.  There will be something for everyone from the casual fan to most serious fanboy. This is truly an all ages art show.”

 In conjunction with the exhibit the ToonSeum is offering a series of limited-edition prints highlighting the Super Hero match-ups created exclusively for the ToonSeum by cartoonist Shawn Atkins. There are five posters in this vintage boxing poster style set. The set will be offered as a special hand-signed folio, limited to 50 sets, available online at The print set will be available to preview at that web address on Wednesday, July 16th.  The prints will go on sale between noon and 1:00 pm on Friday July 18th.  The release time will be announced on the ToonSeum’s Twitter feed. Individual prints will be available at the ToonSeum in limited quantities. 

The When Universes Collide: The Ultimate Superhero Smackdown will run from July 23rd through September 20th. An opening party will be held on July 24th from 7:00pm to 10:00 pm. Tickets at





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