The poster for Quantumania.
Courtesy of Walt Disney Studios
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumaniafinds itself charged with not only kick starting Marvel’s Phase 5, but also shaking the MCU’s audience out of their franchise fatigue.
The Lincoln Memorial as depicted in the first column of 1/6.
Art by Will Rosado/Lee Loughridg, written by Alan Jenkins and Gan Golan
Comic book creators with a history of galvanising social action on America’s streets have created a graphic novel about the US Capitol attacks.
Letitia Wright as Shuri.
Many comics are now more representative of the people who actually read them but it’s clear there’s room for more diversity when it comes to our superheroes.
Netflix’s Sandman is quite different from the comics and that opens up the story to a whole new fandom.
Muslim participants of different backgrounds who participated in an audience study said they identify with Kamala Khan, also known as Ms. Marvel, because she’s connected both to her ancestral culture and her American one.
(Daniel McFadden/Marvel Studios 2022)
Ms. Marvel represents a break from the ‘Muslim equals Middle Eastern’ portrayals popular in western media.
Ms Marvel is making her debut this year as the first female muslim superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The Marvel universe is expanding with new heroes in new films and shows that break new boundaries and tackle new genres.
Jonathan Olley/DC Comics
The caped crusader is back in another dark outing that speaks to this cultural moment.
Art Spiegelman’s ‘Maus’ won a 1992 Pulitzer Prize.
The multigenerational memoir laid the groundwork for graphic memoirs to become an essential form for remembering the Holocaust and communicating its legacy of trans-generational trauma.
Strong feelings and hidden identities seem to be part of the teaching life in comics.
('Batman and the Outsiders'/DC Comics/ 6 January 1984)
Comic characters like Ms. Grundy of Riverdale High, and Johnny Thunder (alias Mr. Tane), offer a valuable look at how teachers navigate mainstream cultural assumptions about teaching.
Comics have always had queer elements; and Superman has always been on the edge of social justice. This new comic book, featuring a bisexual Jonathan Kent, brings those factors together.
Julia Wertz’ The Infinite Wait and Other Stories looks at the author’s diagnosis with lupus.
© Julia Wertz
From the blog ‘Mom’s Cancer’ to novellas about lupus to moving Instagram posts, comic artists are humanising illnesses.
When we read comics, we ‘hear’ sound on the page. Creators are experts at this cross-sensory form of storytelling - indeed one database lists over 2500 comic book sounds.
Science and comic books have been cross-pollinating each other for some time (think Spider-Man). But kids can learn a lot of valuable science information from comics books too.
Joaquin Phoenix in Joker (2019): the Joker’s humour-filled rebellion has typically contrasted with Batman’s dour moral self-righteousness.
Culturally, the joker turns socially significant places into spaces of carnival, revealing cracks within the social order. He is an enduring character – and a common figure in 2019.
A Scotland-wide statue trail is celebrating the work of Dudley D. Watkins, a quiet man who became one of Britain’s most important comic book artists.
Introducing Captain Marvel: she’s a smartass fighting intergalactic evil.
Chris Reid and Marvel
When the ‘Captain Marvel’ movie opens on March 8, coinciding with International Women’s Day, it will be Marvel Studios’ first female-superhero led film.
MIss Fury had cat claws, stiletto heels and a killer make-up compact.
Miss Fury was the first female superhero written and drawn by a woman. The comic in which she featured was syndicated in 100 newspapers but her creator has largely been excluded from the pantheon of comic greats.
A rare edition of a Beano book, found in 2010 at a charity shop in St Andrews.
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For 80 years, The Beano has had the UK in stitches.
In 1938, a cultural icon was born.
Pop culture, personal tragedy and heroic persistence all played a role.
The Superman character has endured and continues to be popular because he is a symbol of renewal and hope.