Some of the world’s most important lessons appear between the dialog bubbles of popular comic books. Lecturers, teachers, and educators around the world have incorporated comics into their course material, using them to inspire students to think critically as well as to clarify complex topics such as physics, language, and science. From the earliest characters in the 1930s to modern-day superheroes, comics have supported civil rights; explored other complex social issues; and encouraged bravery, innovation, wisdom, and responsibility.
Despite meeting initial resistance from educators and psychologists, comics have continued to thrive and teach. For example, Captain America was associated with patriotism during World War I in the United States. The appearance of radioactive material in comics served as political commentary on the use of nuclear weapons. Writers explored alcoholism and other social issues in Ironman story arcs, and civil rights came to light within the plots of the X-Men. Batman and Robin work best as a team, a reflection on cooperation and human relations. Lastly, Peter Parker battles constantly with the mammoth responsibility of being Spider-Man.
About the Author
Nabila Khashoggi founded NABILA K, a luxury skin care line and has written a children’s comic book series, Spartan and the Green Egg that explores environmental and cultural themes around the world.
Ms. Khashoggi supports and works closely with the Italian charity organization The Children for Peace (ONLUS).