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It Looked Familiar: An Alternate Past

Comic books are essentially a fantasy medium, which makes it easy for the writers to create alternate pasts and futures. Above, a panel from “Gotham By Gaslight” in which a nineteenth-century version of Batman searches for Jack the Ripper. Note the building in the center background, between the white word bubble and Batman’s cape. Here’s the 1875 Western Union Building on Broadway, one of the earliest skyscrapers/proto-skyscrapers/fore-runners: