The Spider-Man mural in Johnstown is a tribute to Johnstown native, legendary comic-book artist, and Spider-Man co-creator Steve Ditko.
A 1945 graduate of Greater Johnstown High School, Ditko studied under Batman artist Jerry Robinson at the Cartoonist and Illustrators School in New York City.
In 1954, The Thing #12 was released, Steve Ditko’s first published comic-book cover.
In 1962, Ditko teamed up with famed comic book write Stan Lee to create Spider-Man, who eventually became Marvel Comics most successful character.
In 1963, Ditko created the character Doctor Strange, who is also featured on the mural in Johnstown.
The mural itself is reportedly the only Marvel-approved piece of public art in the entire world.
The mural is composed of 50 squares of painted parachute cloth, attached to the wall with an acrylic gel adhesive, and sealed with a protective clear-coat.
At the nearby Johnstown Heritage Discovery Center, Ditko is honored as well, with a display in the Children’s Museum portion of the center.
But it’s the giant mural in downtown that will wow young and old alike the most, a fitting tribute to a legendary native son.
How to Find The Spider-Man Mural in Johnstown
This 49-foot wide and 28-foot-high Spider-Man mural is located on the north side of the Stone Bridge Brewing Company, at the corner of Washington Street and Franklin Street in Johnstown.
If navigating by GPS, the street address of the brewery is 104 Franklin St, Johnstown, PA 15901.
The Johnstown Flood Museum, located in downtown Johnstown, tells the story of the tragic May 31, 1889 flood that killed over 2,200 people and captured the attention of the entire world, arguably the most famous event to ever occur in Cambria County.
Through a mixture of interpretive exhibits, surviving artifacts, photographs, and an award-winning film, visitors to the Johnstown Flood Museum can get a sense not only of the causes of the flood and the devastation in wreaked, but of the recovery and rebuilding efforts as well.
The Johnstown Heritage Discovery Center is a museum that tells the story of the region’s iron, steel, and coal industries through the eyes of the everyday people who were the backbone of those enterprises in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
George’s Song Shop in downtown Johnstown is America’s oldest record store!
George’s Song Shop is billed as having over one million records and CDs in stock, and I can assure you that is no idle boast.
Hinckston Run Falls is a man-made waterfall formed by the outflow of the Hinckston Run Reservoir near Johnstown.
The Staple Bend Tunnel near Johnstown has the distinction of being the first railroad tunnel built in the United States!
14 Must-See Attractions in Cambria County is your guide to even more great things to see and do near Johnstown.
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