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The Comic Book Curriculum: Using Comics to Enhance Learning and Life. By James Rourke. Libraries Unlimited, 2010. 189pp.

Paperback ISBN-10: 1598843966 // ISBN-13: 978-1598843965  
Library of Congress: PN6710 .R598 2010
Dewey Number: 371.33 22 
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Acknowledgments ... ix
Introduction ... xi

Section I - The Heroes

Part I: Comic Icons and Heroic Quests ... 3
1—Superman ... 4
2—Kingdom Come: The Heroic Quest of Superman and Everyman ... 7
3—Batman the Moral Vigilante
... 15
4—Knightsend: Finding Meaning through Suffering
... 20
5—Spider-Man
... 27
6—Spider-Man—The Revelation of Character in Times of Crisis ... 30

Part II: Wisdom and Myth ... 35
7—Green Lantern and Captain Marvel ... 36
8—Justice and the Fulfillment of Wisdom ... 40
9—Thor—Marvel’s Mythic Hero ... 46
10—The Power of Thor Confronts the Reality of Loss ... 54

Part III: Marvel’s Mutants, Prejudice, and the Faces of Evil ... 63
11—Charles Xavier and Magneto ... 64
12—Mutant Genesis and Fatal Attractions: Who Shall Lead? Charles Xavier, Magneto, and the Burden of Leadership ... 73
13—The X-Men—Group Dynamics and Diversity ... 83
14—Confrontation with Hatred in God Loves, Man Kills ... 89
15—Wolverine ... 96
16—Wolverine—Samurai or Ronin? ... 102

Part IV: American Dreams and American Nightmares
... 111
17—Captain America
... 112
18—Civil War and the Struggle for Freedom and Security
... 121
19—America’s Shadow Confronted in Uncle Sam
... 129

Section II - Teachers’ Tools

Introduction ... 137
Teacher Tools for Superman/Kingdom Come ... 138
Teacher Tools for Batman/Knightsend ... 141
Teacher Tools for Spider-Man/Kraven’s Last Hunt ... 145
Teacher Tools for Green Lantern and Captain Marvel/Justice ... 148
Teacher Tools for Thor/The Surtur Saga ... 151
Teacher Tools for Charles Xavier and Magneto/Mutant Genesis and Fatal Attractions ... 154
Teacher Tools for The X-Men/God Loves, Man Kills ... 157
Teacher Tools for Wolverine/Wolverine ... 160
Teacher Tools for Captain America/Civil War ... 163
Teacher Tools for Uncle Sam ... 166

Comic Bibliography ... 169
Notes ... 173
Index ... 185


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