Winter Course at U.W.O
Open to All Senior Students at Western!
Western University • Winter 2016
MIT3282G COMIC BOOK CULTURE FROM PULP FICTION TO POSTMODERN LEGITIMACY
Wednesday 7-10, NCB 114
The journey of comic books from the 1930s to the 1990s was one from throwaway pieces of ten-cent pulp fiction to twenty-dollar graphic novels with a glossy postmodern legitimacy. Comics have always acted as a social and political mirror of the society that created them, from World WarII and the Cold War through the turbulent 1960s and conservative 1980s to the turbulent new millennium. We’ll spend about half the course on a close
examination of comics as social mirror. Second, we’ll spend some time looking at how comics have adapted for film and television. Third, we’ll use Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics to break down how comics are constructed, panel by panel.
Two reports (with 8-10 topic choices),
Main texts (in addition to McCloud):
Paramount Superman cartoons from the early 1940s
EC and other sci-fi and horror comics from the 1950s
Dr. Fredric Wertham’s Seduction of the Innocent.
Stan Lee and Steve Ditko’s early stories in The Amazing Spider-Man
Chris Claremont and John Byrne, The Dark Phoenix Saga plus later X-Men sagas
Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns
Christopher Nolan’s Batman films
Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon’s Watchmen
Daniel Clowes’ GhostWorld