Best Superhero Training Ground (2010)

"Superheroes and American Culture" by Diane Facinelli

In a small classroom of about 30 honors students, Professor Diane Facinelli is teaching her students superhero basics. We're not talking weapons, X-ray vision, or the gift of flight (though we'e heard that can be learned on the ASU Quidditch team) — no, this is much more a look into what exactly makes a superhero. Students are encouraged to read comic books, pulp magazines, and graphic novels and apply themes and characters to everyday situations. Sure, a few honors kids might not be able to save you if you're getting mugged on Mill Avenue, but they just might have the costumes to play the parts.


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