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.
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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.
She started life as a bit-part sidekick to The Joker but is now a multi-platform anti-hero.
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The dystopian urban future imagined in the Judge Dredd comics warns against letting technology rule our transport systems.
From shapeshifting octopi to acid-firing beetles.
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Superheroes are either men, or women drawn by men. Couldn't there be another way of creating a 21st century superheroine?
Saving students through the medium of comics.
‘Maus’ and ‘Watchmen’ are two of the most well-known graphic novels.
The graphic novel has become a literary phenomenon, but the name doesn't adequately describe the medium's flexibility, diversity and potential.
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They allow us to explore buried emotions.
DC has dialled up the grit, as Batman grimly faces off against Superman.
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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has committed performances and Zack Snyder's trademark action. But it can't overcome a confused internal logic – and has the colour palette of an ashtray.
Superman’s over the hill.
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The flop of the Fantastic Four seems to suggest that viewers are more eager to embrace characters who reflect our inherently flawed humanity.
Lynda Carter as Diana Prince in the New Original Wonder Woman. Her bullet-deflecting bracelets are made from an impervious metal: feminum.
In the epilogue to Jill Lepore’s new book, The Secret History of Wonder Woman, we learn about Wonder Woman’s importance to the American feminist movement of the 1960s and 1970s. Lepore briefly notes Wonder…
When superheroes die on the page, fans have learned not to mourn their deaths.
Among comic book fans, there’s the joke that the only characters in superhero comics who stay dead are Spider-Man’s Uncle Ben, Batman’s parents, and Captain America’s sidekick Bucky. For everybody else…
In the fall of 2010, as The Walking Dead was about to debut on TV, I launched my Media Genres: Zombies course at the University of Baltimore and examined what that horror subgenre reflects about our culture…