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Where does your comic book hero live?

As Asterix fans revisit Corsica in the recently released 'Tamasha', we follow our compass to towns and cities that got famous due to comic book heroes

As Asterix fans revisit Corsica in the recently released 'Tamasha', we follow our compass to towns and cities that got famous due to comic book heroes

Brussels
Home of: Tintin
While the young Belgian reporter travels the world with his faithful fox terrier, Snowy, many parts of Brussels have played an integral role in this European comic strip. Its creator, Hergé (née Georges Prosper Remi) belonged to Belgian capital. It's also home to Musée Hergé, a futuristic building that a must-visit for all Tintin fans.

An inflatable balloon of Tintin paraded as part of the annual Comic Book Festival in Brussels in 2014. Pic/Afp
An inflatable balloon of Tintin paraded as part of the annual Comic Book Festival in Brussels in 2014. Pic/AFP

Riverdale
Home of: Archie
The blue and green walls of Riverdale High are as memorable as the adventures of Archie Andrews and his teen pals. This school is set in the fictional modern town of Riverdale — a haven for beach bums. The school's sketch is supposedly inspired by Archie cartoonist Bob Montana's alma mater, Haverhill High in Massachusetts, USA.

A cover of Archie comics
A cover of Archie comics

New York
Home of: Spider-man
Peter Parker's journey from a shy science-whiz living with his grandparents to a masked life-saver wouldn't have been so thrilling, if it weren't for the tall skyscrapers dotting the New York City skyline that Mr Spidey swings from.

A view of New York as seen in a film poster of The Amazing Spider-Man 2
A view of New York as seen in a film poster of The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Gotham City
Home of: Batman
One of the most popular fictional cities in the superhero world is Gotham City, as gritty and brooding as its first citizen, The Dark Knight. With a skyline resembling New York, albeit more sinister, Gotham was apparently a popular nickname for the Big Apple even before its introduction in Batman, dating back to 1940.

Christian Bale as Batman in The Dark Knight Rises.  Pic courtesy/DC Comics Photo by Ron Phillips
Christian Bale as Batman in The Dark Knight Rises. Pic courtesy/DC Comics Photo by Ron Phillips

Corsica
Famous due to: Asterix and Obelix
Published in 1973, Asterix In Corsica was a best-selling title in the French comic book series that explored the exploits of Asterix and Obelix, as they resist Roman occupation. The French island also plays a pivotal role in Imtiaz Ali's 'Tamasha', as the film's female lead, Deepika Padukone is an Asterix fan and hence, visits Corsica.

Deepika Padukone and Ranbir Kapoor in Tamasha
Deepika Padukone and Ranbir Kapoor in Tamasha

Metropolis
Home of: Superman
Now, who wouldn't want to live in Superman's hometown, depicted as one of the largest and wealthiest cities on earth? American director Frank Miller once said, 'Metropolis is New York in the daytime; Gotham City is New York at night'. The skyline of the city, however, has been borrowed from Toronto (Superman's co-creator Joe Shuster's hometown till he was 10 years old), Metropolis in Illinois has been proclaimed as the hometown of the superhero by Illinois State Legislature.

Henry Cavill as Superman in Man of Steel.  Pic courtesy/2013 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and Legendary Pictures Funding, LLC
Henry Cavill as Superman in Man of Steel. Pic courtesy/2013 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and Legendary Pictures Funding, LLC

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