Letters sent to Forest Hills address featured in Spider-Man comic now in NYC museum
The stories of Spider-Man live in comic books, on movie screens, and at a house in Forest Hills, Queens.
A family that lived at 20 Ingram St. for over 30 years received hundreds of letters from people who believed Peter Parker really lived there.
This address of the home appeared in a 1989 Spider-Man comic book.
Those who chose to believe in Marvel magic, children and adults, flooded the home with messages for decades.
Many of those letters started off with the words, “Dear Spider-Man,” followed by messages like, “I think you are the best superhero” or “can you send me a costume?”
They came from all over the world, like Kentucky, the Netherlands and from India.
Now, dozens of letters are on display at the City Reliquary Museum as part of the Dear Spider-Man, Letters to Peter Parker exhibit.
“Some of them are really hoping that Spider-Man can provide the equipment that they need,” said Dave Herman of City Reliquary Museum. “In particular, he’s known for the web slinger and kids want to be able to shoot that web.”
Herman is the founder of the City Reliquary Museum in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
“Our board member Pamela Parker grew up in this household,” he said. “It was her mother Suzanne Parker who actually started getting some of these letters thinking they’re odd at first, maybe a prank.”
The Parkers moved into 20 Ingram Street in Forest Hills, Queens in 1974. But Peter Parker’s home address wasn’t revealed until 1989.
“You had to be a true fan that’s following it from issue to issue to see the subsequent issue where you actually see the other half of the change of address form, and you get to put those pieces together,” Herman said.