Superhero Tour of New York

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  • Duration

    - 1.5 hours (approx.)
  • Midtown

  • Capacity

    - 40
  • Dress

    - It's a walking tour so wear comfortable shoes and clothing
  • Departs

    Outside JHU (Jim Henley's Universe) at 32 east 32nd St (btwn Park and Madison Ave), Saturdays @ 2pm
  • Meeting Location

    JHU Comic Books
  • Final Destination

    Overlook Bar, 235 W 44 St


Superhero Tour of New York

What better way to see the splendour of New York City than through the eyes of its Superheroes?! our world famous Superhero Tour of New York visits film locations from the major Hollywood blockbusters as well as real life comic locations. Superhero Tour of New York shows you firsthand the prime hangouts of radioactive latex loving spider heroes, vigilante bat-people and delves deep into the benefits of wearing spandex briefs... Did you know comic books and superheroes were invented in New York in the 1930s?! The city continues to cast its influence over the genre to this day in both comics and films. In the DC Universe New York is the inspiration for both Gotham City and Metropolis. And in the Marvel Universe characters such as Spider-Man, the Avengers, Ironman and the Fantastic Four inhabit the real New York. See it all on the Superhero Tour of New York!



    • The Avengers See the battleground where The Avengers fight for humanity on the streets of NYC
    • Men In Black Locations from the latest MIB franchise
    • Batman The former Park Avenue offices of Batman creator Bob Kane, and Will Eisner, creator of The Spirit
    • Spiderman Instantly recognisable Spidey locations from all the films
    • Fantastic Four The ‘real’ location of the Fantastic Four’s fictitious Baxter Building
    • Empire State Building The NY landmark has featured in countless Superhero adventures, find out which ones!
    • Flat Iron Building Not only was this The Daily Bugle in Spiderman, it has featured in countless other films too
    • Chrysler Building Spidey's regular perch when he's using his spider-sense, this incredible skyscraper has a long association with Superheroes
    • Grand Central Station Find out which Superheroes have battled in this magnificent train station
    • The News Building Step inside Clark Kent's workplace, The Daily Planet offices are here
    • New York Public Library Where Uncle Ben told Peter Parker, 'With great power comes great responsibility!'
    • United Nations Where Batman and Robin saved the Security Council from the "fearsome foursome" of Joker, Penguin, Riddler and Catwoman
    • The apartments of Lernore Lemmon (suspected of killing George "Superman" Reeves ) and across the street Kirk Allan (the first Superman 1948) - no they did not knew each other!
    • The hidden bar where comic book artists have been drawing superhero cartoons on the walls since the 1960's
    • And much, much more…


    Customer Reviews

    best tour ever
    By Matthew B on February 19, 2017
    - we loved it, the facts and details were amazing ... the pace and number of locations could use an increase :)
    By Erin F on February 18, 2017
    He is very knowledgeable and made the tour very enjoyable!
    By Yu-Lung C on February 18, 2017
    Granny and Grandson were Highly Entertained
    By Connie from Atlanta on October 25, 2016
    I was delighted to find this tour when I was researching plans for a 3 day weekend in NYC for my 12 yr old grandson. It was his first time to the big apple and he loves super heroes. Our tour guide was Paul and he is a veteran cartoonist for batman and superman. Paul is a wonderful storyteller and highly knowledgeable about the history of both DC and Marvel comics and their journey from print to the big screen. The tour is a mix of historical facts, personal antedotes about the industry and tours of sites of famous scenes in popular movies. I thought I was just along for the ride and was pleasantly surprised to find the tour so fascinating and engaging. What an extraordinary treat!!!
    By Ryand602 on May 14, 2016
    One of the highlights of my stay in nyc. Great tour along with a great tour guide would highly recommend!
    By Iris on March 6, 2016
    This was a birthday gift for my boyfriend & even I had a BLAST!!! Paul, our tour guide, was PHENOMENAL!!! He was way more knowledgable than I thought. & the best part is that he speaks from experience & knows his stuff. This isn't a script that they read from or facts that I can find online. He has actual stories from his experience of working & drawing in the comic book world! He was funny, & BEYOND charismatic!! I'm not sure we could've had a more perfect guide! We will definitely be doing this again! Thanks Paul for giving my boyfriend a great start to his birthday!!! (Brownie points for me lol)
    Must-do in NYC!
    By Miranda on February 22, 2016
    My boyfriend is a huge fan of comic books and superhero movies. I wasn't sure what would be in store, but I knew he would love it. It was one of the highlights of our trip! Paul is very informative and fun! We recommend to anyone who has a love for things SUPER!
    Super interesting tour with a knowledable tour guide in the industry
    By Rachel on January 10, 2016
    I surprised my boyfriend with the tour and he (and I!) couldn't be happier with it! Paul was extremely knowledgeable and is even an illustrator himself! If you're here for just a weekend, this is an absolutely perfect way to sight see in a unique way. Highly highly recommended!
    Fabulous and unique experience!
    By Liz on November 15, 2015
    Our tour guide, Paul, was in the comic book industry himself, so we had an incredible experience learning information about different landmarks in Manhattan that we never knew or noticed as we have been to Manhattan numerous times! You could tell Paul thoroughly enjoyed sharing his knowledge and personal stories while being in the industry. This can be proven because the tour was advertised as being 1.5 hours long and lasted over 2 hours. He made sure to catch the interest of both the children and adults who were in the group. He even took the time at the end to draw a comic book character for everyone in the group and signed it. Thank you, Paul, for a worthwhile experience-maybe we will see you in Manhattan givIng a tour to others in the future:).
    By NvP on October 10, 2015
    Great guy, very knowledgeable, fun facts, an artist himself!
    Avengers Assemble
    By Tony on January 18, 2014
    What a great walking tour soaking up comic book history. Our guide Paul was very knowledgable in the field of comic books and comic book movies.

    The tour went for approx 2 hours with many identifiable locations to see. My kids loved it recognizing several iconic buildings from various films.

    Overall I would highly recommend this tour to comic book lovers, film buffs and generally anyone who wants a different but interesting perspective on the history of some of New York City's iconic buildings.
    Good Tour - but better for Enthusiasts
    By Raz on November 21, 2013
    I attended the tour over the weekend whilst on holiday over there. I'm a comic-book collector and moviegoer so this instantly appealed to me.

    The tour is informative and very entertaining - but it really only helps if you have a good knowledge of superheroes, popular sci-fi and superhero films. That said, I had a great time. My favourite part was to visit part of the actual set of The Daily Planet from the 70s Superman film, it's a great little picture piece.

    If you want to make the most of this tour though, I would say that it helps to get involved - the tour guide asks a few questions on Superheroes and Film and I felt I was the only one answering them whilst the rest of the group seemed happy to stay quiet and walk around.

    So if you love films and especially the comicbook medium then I would recommend this tour but it is specific to fans of this particular subject.

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    Mind blowing
    By Lee on April 12, 2013
    Iam a comic book enthusiast and was expecting to be taken around the city being shown a few places superhero films were shot.... I did get this and a WHOLE lot more. Paul (the guide) a former employee in the business opened my eyes to a whole lot more. His stories about the places are mind blowing. He has rubbed shoulders with many of famous people in the business and it seems like every street corner has a story. This has made my NYC trip. I'd pay again just to listen to this guys stories. We finished in a bar which is a former illustrator hangout and I even got a signed drawing from him. A must do for all. You don't have to love comics to enjoy this. ( my girlfriend is walking proof of that)
    “Funny, Cool, Informative”
    By ecopp (a TripAdvisor Member) on November 30, 2012
    I took this tour with my teenaged son and we both loved it! There was something for everyone, particularly my geeky son, who soaked up all the tour guide's extensive knowledge. We got to see a location where the Avengers was filmed, as well as the Daily Planet from Superman. I liked all the backstories behind the creation of comic book heros, and my son loved all the detail about the storylines. Our guide, Paul, was a lot of fun and incredibly knowledgable. We definitely recommend the SuperHero tour!!

    Visited June 2012

    From TripAdvisor
    “Super Hero Tour of New York”
    By Frank A on November 30, 2012
    My two sons and I loved this tour. The guide was so informative and he knew a great deal not only about the main subject of the tour but also the history of New York. On the tour you visit a number of famous landmarks where super hero films have been shot and a few lesser known parts of the city that are connected to super heroes either because a writer or actor have lived/worked there. Buildings that you see or go into on this tour include Grand Central Station, New York City Library, The Chrysler Building and the Flat Iron Building.

    if you take this tour you will find out what Batman owes to a game of cards, why Kryptonite was invented to weaken Superman as well as the history of the comic book and the companies that produce them. The tour ends in fantastic bar between 2nd & 3rd Avenues where artists used to meet and they have left fantastic examples of their work on the walls.

    The only down side of the tour was that my 12 year old son found the walking a bit much, but on the whole this is certainly a tour that is worth doing.

    Visited April 2012

    From TripAdvisor
    “The Superhero Tour of NY: Great for comic enthusiasts!”
    By 96flygirl (a TripAdvisor Member) on November 30, 2012
    My husband (a comic book enthusiast) and I went on the "Superhero Tour of NY' in early June 2012. The tour began in a comic book store directly across from the Empire State Building and lasted approximately 2 hours.

    Our guide, Paul Lepelletier, was extremely well informed and I (not being a comic book enthusiast) actually enjoyed the tour and learned a lot of interesting facts about the origin and progression of comics.

    The walking was not strenuous at all. We stopped frequently along our route and Paul kept us engaged by quizzing us about different movies/ actors/ comics which kept the tour quite interesting.

    I would recommend this tour to anyone visiting New York~ even if you aren't interested in comics. It's a great way to explore a NY in a different way and it'll even make you look at some older, drab buildings in a whole new light after you learn what has happened in them.

    Visited June 2012

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    Well worth it-five stars
    By IB246 on October 21, 2011
    Took the tour with my 11 year old nephew as we were in the city for New York Comicon. Couldn't have been better. Loved that the tour delved into the history of comics and relevant film locations which got my nephew engaged but also gave history of great NY landmarks such as Chrysler Building, Grand Central Terminal so he was getting some educational stuff too, he recalled information given on this tour much better than other tours because the guide made it so relatable. Friendly and accessible for adults and kids alike and there are places on this tour I would never have visited or known about. Minor sticking point is that you don't finish where you started, luckily I know my way about the city but if you don't have a great sense of direction do ask for directions as to how you get back to where you need to be. Other than that, was one of the highlights of my recent trip and would recommend it if you are at all interested in either comics or comic related movies.
    For a surprise birthday party it was a great idea!
    By Bob on February 1, 2011
    My wife and friends gave me a surprise party tour! We had a great time from roaming around Hendleys comic store and Paul the tour guide was great with all of us - including my 8 year old daughter. (I think he must be a dad too - he kept her interested more than I thought). We were amazed of the trivia he knew and never knew that NYC was the birth of comics! Maybe the Mayor of NYC should take this tour. We also got to see a movie being filmed not on the tour but Paul talked his way on to the set - another plus. Then we ended up at a cartoon bar where there was a cake waiting and Paul showed me some of my favorite cartoonists on the wall. BRING a camera. Paul and the Supertour made turning 40 not bad! Got a party? DO this tour!
    By Super Tour! on January 14, 2011
    I have been to NYC countless times in the past and on this particular trip I wanted to do something different. I found the Superhero tour of New York and thought that it sounded like it could be fun. It went beyond my expectations! The guide, Paul, was a fountain of superhero and comic book knowledge. We saw sights from Superman, Spider-man, The Fantastic Four, Kick-a*s and so many others that I can't even remember! We ended the tour and this really cool bar/restaurant that has hundreds of hand drawn comics on the wall from the actual original artist! What a hidden gem and huge surprise for the tour! Great way to end a fantastic afternoon! If you are looking for something different and fun and entertaining to do in the NYC, this tour is it!
    By C & J from Manchester on October 20, 2010
    Paul the Tour Guide was so knowledgeable, going into Marvel HQ was brilliant and into the Daily Planet! Without Paul we wouldn't have known that the globe was there!! Interesting into the history of comics also. Fantastic, we loved it!!
    A great funny tour
    By BLAKE on May 29, 2010
    Not only did we get a great education on how comics were so important in New York but we had a lot of laughs from the minute the guide showed his Superman S T shirt I didn't know what to think!

    The final destination at a Cartoonist Hang out was quite a surprise!

    I'm so glad my girlfriend booked this!
    comic-nerd heaven!
    By Rebecca Smith on May 10, 2010
    Just wanted to drop you a line to say I recently travelled to NYC and while there took my boyfriend on the Superhero tour of the city. Thought you might like some feedback, so just wanted to say it was fantastic, a really great unique experience and a big thumbs up for our tour guide who was excellent and had a brilliant knowledge of all things comic and movie related.

    My other half was in comic-nerd heaven!
    By Jack on April 22, 2010
    This is the best tour I've ever been on in NYC, if you love superheroes you will LOVE this tour, highly recommended
    Super duper
    By Grant on March 29, 2010
    Fantastic tour, check it out today!
    By bruce m on March 13, 2010
    The tour guide was funny , knew his stuff and zowie we had fun!
    By Paul on March 9, 2010
    The guide is real comic pro, awesome tour
    By Paul on February 25, 2010
    this guy knew his stuff a real comic pro

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    New York landmarks and attractions

    • Empire State Building
    • Grand Central Station
    • Flat Iron Building
    • Chrysler Building
    • United Nations
    • The Avengers
    • Batman
    • Spiderman
    • Superman