One rocketed to Earth from a distant planet*. Another encountered a radioactive arachnid**. Every superhero has an origin story. Yet the true account of how these heroes came to be is even more amazing. Because these fictional characters were inspired, in part, by real science. Remarkable new technologies and discoveries touched their creators’ own lives. By combining the science and innovation that fascinated them with artistry and imagination, comic book writers and artists developed the world’s most iconic superheroes.

Let’s discover some of the real-life tech that inspired the comic book heroes we all know today.



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