In the Shadow of No Towers
Book cover
Cover of In the Shadow of No Towers Hardcover
Publication information
Publisher Viking Adult
Format Comic strip
Board book
Publication date 2002–2004
Creative team
Creator(s) Art Spiegelman
Collected editions
In the Shadow of No Towers ISBN 0-670-91541-6

In the Shadow of No Towers is a 2004 work of comics by American cartoonist Art Spiegelman. It is about Spiegelman's reaction to the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001. It was originally serialized as a comic strip in the German newspaper Die Zeit from 2002 until 2004, and was collected as an oversized board book in 2004 with early American comic strips as supplementary material.


The book evolved from Spiegelman's experiences during the September 11 terrorist attacks. Spiegelman has said that the book was a way to reclaim himself from the post-traumatic stress disorder he suffered after the attacks.

It also has many references to Spiegelman's Maus comics, for example one in which Art said that the smoke in Manhattan smelled just like Vladek said the smoke in the concentration camps smelled. Also he often turns himself into a mouse on the fly.

It was published by the German newspaper Die Zeit after Spiegelman was unable to secure publication in any major American outlet. In Britain, excerpts were published in The Independent. The comic was serialised in full in the London Review of Books from March–September 2003. A segment also appeared in 2004 as part of the Actus Tragicus comics album Dead Herring Comics.

In 2004, the series of ten strips and a supplement of reprints of turn-of-the-20th-century comic strips such as The Katzenjammer Kids and The Yellow Kid were collected and published together as a book by Viking Books. In the Shadow of No Towers was selected by The New York Times as one of the 100 Notable Books of 2004.[1]

In the Shadow of No Towers is the inspiration for a symphony by Mohammed Fairouz.[2]


  1. Spiegelman bio, "Special Guests," New York Comic-Con program booklet (Reed Exhibitions, 2009), p. 16.
  2. Mohammed Fairouz Biography: retrieved 06-28-2012

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