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The Hall of Justice and 7 other superhero HQs you can find in the real world

April 11th, 2013 by Rick Marshall · No Comments ·

My first article for Mental Floss was published this week, and I’m excited about this for several reasons.

First, it’s a new outlet, and adding to the number of outlets you write for is always a good thing. And second, Mental Floss is the only magazine I currently have a subscription to (and that’s the full-on print subscription, not just online).

Here’s an excerpt from the article, which lists 8 real-life buildings (or landmarks) that provided the inspiration for some iconic superheroes’ headquarters in the comic-book world:

union terminal hall of justice

THE HALL OF JUSTICE

Anyone who grew up watching the feel-good animated adventures of Hanna-Barbera’s Super Friends will recognize the unique architecture of the Hall of Justice, the headquarters for Superman, Batman, and the rest of the DC superheroes featured in the program. The unique art-deco style of the building was inspired by the Union Terminal in Cincinnati, Ohio—a former train station that now serves as a museum and library. A background supervisor on the series, Al Gmuer, modeled the Super Friends’ iconic base of operations on the terminal, and the fictional building was later incorporated into the DC Comics universe as the headquarters of the Justice League.

You can read the rest of the article at MentalFloss.com.

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