Comics Saving History Students

Superheroes in these comic books all have powers.

 

Arkansas State University history professor Dr. Ed Salo believes the books themselves also have power.

 

 “You can read the story, you can enjoy it but then if you sit there and look deeper you can see those political and social trends”, said Salo.

 

Dr. Salo is finishing his third class that focuses on how superhero comics reflect U.S. history.

 

"I think a lot of people might be coming in to a class like that thinking oh we are just going to read comics it’s going to be easy. They seem to really understand the topics. It's a good way to introduce that kind of history to people in a way that's not as scary", said Salo.

 

The class goes over the Cold War, World War 2, the use of propaganda and more.

 

Salo says these superhero comic themes date back to 1938, when Superman had other problems besides Lex Luthor, “He was fighting the guy who was beating his wife, a corrupt politician, he was trying to save someone from being executed who was wrongly accused and those were the threats in the late 1930’s that people were dealing with”.

 

Comics are still being made today including social and political themes that we see in the news.

 

Salo believes that comics aren’t going anywhere any time soon especially since their industry is continuing to grow, “You know there are several good comic movies coming out, Aquaman and whenever they come out there are people that say, ‘Hey, I want to read that comic’”.

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