Superhero America: The Comic-Book Character as Historical Lens with T. Andrew Wahl
Since the revolutionary debut of Superman in 1938, the American superhero has been a regular part of our pop culture landscape. Wahl explores comic book heroes through the lens of a scholar, providing a fascinating view of our nation’s recent history. In this interactive multimedia presentation, journalist and comic book historian, T. Andrew Wahl, explores how historical events and shifting social mores can be seen in the evolution of characters from Wonder Woman to Spider-Man. Using audience members’ memories as a springboard, this conversation connects comic book superheroes (and the occasional villain!) to historical topics including war, the advancement of civil rights, and the societal impacts of technology.
A lifelong comic book aficionado, T. Andrew Wahl has read more than 20,000 comic books, and owns more than 200,000 pages of primary source documents related to the comic book industry. He is a longtime journalist in the Pacific Northwest, and heads the journalism program at Everett Community College