May 23rd, 2012 / posted by paularath

When my son Duncan was a little boy he was not allowed to read comic books. I thought that by denying him comic books, he would grow to love “real” books more. Right. Great strategy, mom. It didn’t work. He saved his allowance and sneaked out to buy comic books, hiding them under his bed. As an adult, Duncan still collects comic books, reading them then slipping them back into their covers to keep them pristine. Sometimes they even supplement his income.

Duncan would love to be at Pearlridge Center on Friday, May 25. That’s when Pearlridge opens Hall of Heroes, a traveling exhibit showcasing classic comic book favorites and trivia. Marking Pearlridge’s 15th annual free summer exhibit,  it will be open through the summer, until August 4.

Downtown Center Court will be transformed into the Batcave Experience, a faithful reproduction of the headquarters made famous in the ’60s TV show “Batman.” The Batcave Experience will feature interactive displays, including vintage working computer terminals and Batman’s Super Computer. A custom-built ’60s Barris Batmobile will be on display as a free photo op for keiki and families.

In Uptown Center Court will be a Super Train taking keiki under 48 inches tall on an adventure through an urban city scape for a fee. The Super Train route will feature 30-foot buildings, eerie sound effects, dramatic lighting and favorite comic book heroes.

Throughout the center there will be prop replicas, interactive displays, games that detail hero lore and famous comics through the decades.

– Paula Rath

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