What Have You Learned from Comics?

Do you read comics and graphic novels? If so, what do you enjoy about them? Which are your favorites? What are you reading now?

Comic books have been very, very good to me.

My first comic was Justice League of America No. 200, which one of my sisters, Elena, randomly bought for me back in December 1981 at a neighborhood newsstand. That 72-page issue was crammed with an assemblage of heroes (Aquaman, Hawkgirl, Martian Manhunter and many more) that blew the socks off my 10-year-old self. It introduced me to the work of the writer Gerry Conway and the artist George Pérez, though I learned both names only later, since I was too naïve at the time to read credit boxes.

It was love at first sight. But I wish I had Batgirl’s “eidetic memory,” a term I learned from comics, because I cannot now fully recollect how I leapt from those pages to my next obsession, The New Teen Titans.

That series, written by Marv Wolfman and drawn by Mr. Pérez, cemented me as a fan. The two creators crafted a grand soap opera with characters who felt very human: Changeling was insecure; Raven had daddy issues; Kid Flash debated heroism versus college; Robin and Starfire struggled with whether they could be teammates and romantic partners; and more. (I could relate to the insecurity and father issues.) …

Besides shaping a very enjoyable part of my career, comics have also taught me a lot.

When I was in school, comics gave me the first inkling of topics that would be covered in depth by my teachers. I learned about the Cuban missile crisis in 1982 thanks to a Justice League time travel adventure. In 1987, an issue of the Young All-Stars, about World War II heroes, taught me about Japanese internment camps in the United States.

There was also plenty of science. I know the speed of light, 186,000 miles per second, thanks to the many “Flash Facts” that were in the adventures of the Flash. I also know that stationary satellites have an altitude of approximately 22,300 miles, thanks to the Justice League’s headquarters in space.

Even today, comics continue to inform. I’m part of two comic book clubs — one conducted by email, one in real life. During a recent reading of Zenith, the Generation X hero created by Grant Morrison and Steve Yeowell, I marveled at the phrase “Einstein Rosen bridge,” which elegantly described a dimensional gateway. I presumed it was made up, but another member informed me of the error of my ways: wormholes — not science fiction! (Thanks, Allie!)

— What have you learned — about life, science, history, writing, culture, civics, art or anything else — from comics?

— Why do you think comics have the unique ability to resonate with so many different people in so many different ways?

— Have you ever read a comic or graphic novel for class? If so, what did you read and what class was it for? What did you learn from it?

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