Monthly Archives: June 2016

Captain America’s Early Years: New Shield, New Partner

In the summer of 1941 Private Steve Rogers reported for duty at Camp Lehigh, where he got to know camp mascot “Bucky” Barnes and learned to deal with the routine abuse of Sargent Michael Duffy. He’s called to Washington D.C. … Continue reading

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Worldviews (part 2): Five Themes for the Journey

“This is a philosophical story we are in, and we will confront opposite philosophies at each fork of [the] road . . . .  Time and history do not matter now.  The same philosophies, the same alternatives, the same choices … Continue reading

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Marvel Milestones (part 3): The Silver Age Begins

DC kicked off a superhero revival in the late 50s with new versions of its classic heroes, and followed that success with the Justice League of America, a team comprised of their most popular heroes. Goodman’s Marvel Comics, responded with … Continue reading

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Marvel Milestones (part 2): The “Atlas Era”

Soon after the end of World War II, Timely Publications had already begun to shift its focus to comics featuring “funny animals”, romance, western action, and several new “adolescent antics” titles (Patsy Walker, Millie the Model, Nellie the Nurse), aimed … Continue reading

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Marvel Milestones (part 1): Timely’s Golden Age (1940s)

Comic books as we know them got their start in the early 1930s, first as published collections of daily newspaper comic strips. Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson founded National Allied Publications (later named DC) in 1934 and began publishing original material (but … Continue reading

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Worldview: the L.E.N.S. of Life

I’ve taught a class for high school seniors for nearly 20 years, called simply, “Worldviews.”  Since it seems my time teaching this course “in class” has come to an end, I’ve been working on something of a “highlights” version to … Continue reading

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