First Appeared: Action Comics #16 (September 1939)
Founding Father: Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster
Notable Residents: Superman, Lois Lane, Lex Luthor
Comics' god Frank Miller summarized it best when he said, "Metropolis is New York in the daytime; Gotham City is New York at night." In fact, this is a sentiment that can be applied to the sensibilities of the two superheroes who represent these respective cities. A Hercules-type with Midwestern values, Superman was always the sunnier counterpoint to the bi-polar Batman. He's not human. He's too good. But you know where this is going, and really we can't put it any better than Bill does in Kill Bill, Vol. 2. Metropolis will always exist in a spotless bronzed age, whereas Gotham is perpetually gloomy. Hold that thought: We have something to add after all. Metropolis is Bloomberg's New York. Gotham City is Koch's.