Inking the New Pittsburgh
Check out the latest incarnation of Pittsburgh in comics. USAToday today: With 'Alpha,' Pittsburgh gets a cocky kid superhero
Where was Pittsburgh 3 decades ago when it came to comics? Check out the comic book known as the The Pitt. According to Wikipedia the story line goes like this:
The story depicts the total destruction of the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania due to the careless actions of the wielder of the Star Brand, and the immediate 12-hour aftermath.
No joke... the whole thing is based upon the complete obliteration of Pittsburgh. Yes, I admit I have a copy of this. Economic metaphor intended? Maybe or maybe not. I mentioned this in a blog post long ago and a commenter (who also has a copy) there pointed out some Pittsburgh connections that might explain the comic's storyline. So at least two copies of this issue survive in town. I am sure there are others. For more on that read about the comic's author Jim Shooter.
I do find some other 'Pitt' references in comics. And a more recent computer game Fallout 3 had an addon set in Pittsburgh as well... again with a pretty dystopian vision.
I sense a Toonseum special exhibit is really needed here..
update. Apparently this was all mentioned in Rolling Stone last month.. and supposedly the death of Pittsburgh was all the result of an internal artist spat at Marvel Comics.