Superheroes in the ’60s: Comics & Counterculture

A new lecture sponsored by the Adelphic Education Fund:

Graphic artist and comics historian Arlen Schumer explores the origins of the superhero tradition, its personification American ideals and values, and how these attitudes and portrayals changed during the 1960s, using comic book panels and pages in a large-size projection format that graphically communicates the sequential nature of comic book art itself. And while that art reflected the dominant motifs of the 1960s, from the futuristic idealism of Infantino to the cinematic realism of Adams, the superheroes changed, from establishment conservatives like Superman, The Flash and Green Lantern, to counterculture liberals like Spider-Man, Dr. Strange and Green Arrow.

  • Date: Thursday, September 23
  • Time: 6:00 PM
  • Place: The Powell Family Cinema, Center for Film Studies
  • Cost: Absolutely Free