Homeschooling with Comic Books

Comic Books

Vanity Fair has published an article on how comic books can be an excellent tool in helping parents homeschool their children during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Comics have always been a relief from difficult times and a source of shared joy,” DC Comics archivist Benjamin LeClear said. “They were with us and gave us hope during the Great Depression, World War II, and 9/11. Comics have helped countless generations through times of illness, boredom, loneliness, and anxiety. And because they are a mass medium available to anyone, they become shared communal experiences even when read in isolation.”

“If you are going to start anywhere, you should probably start with the superhero who started it all,” LeClear said. “Best place to start is at the beginning with Superman #1 from 1939. Yes, Action Comics #1 is where he first appeared [a year earlier], but Superman #1 reprints the first four Superman stories from Action Comics, including some missing pages that flesh out the plot to that first story.”

Other Superman comic books on the recommendation list include “All-Star Superman #1” (2005), “Superman #9” (1987), “Action Comics #309” (1964), and “Superman/Shazam!: First Thunder” (2005-2006).

Read the complete article at VanityFair.com.

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