Thesis

How Marvel comic books from the 1960's can be used by parents and therapists as positive role modeling for children

Of the many influences available to the youth of America during the 1960s, none may have been more influential to a sub-section of the population that read comic books than the stories and characters being created at Marvel Comics. Today, Marvel is best known for their dramatic movie blockbusters featuring their comic book characters. The Fantastic Four, The X-Men, The Incredible Hulk, The Amazing Spider-Man, Daredevil, The Black Widow, Hawkeye, The Mighty Thor, and the Invincible Iron Man, to name just a few. Yet before 1961 none of them existed. And by the end of 1964 every one of these characters as well as many more had been introduced into the popular culture by Marvel comics. These comic books captured the tone of the changing times of the 1960s. They were full of moral lessons and pathways to better understanding of the human condition. Through the examination and analysis of these comic books this project will set out to explore the sometimes complex role-modeling that was infused into them. This thesis project will examine issues that children face as they're growing up, and help give parents and therapists a checklist of specific comic books they can share with children to help them understand some very important role modeling lessons of our society. These entertaining comic books can help children understand a variety of learning experiences in a constructive, clear way that can be readily understood. In so doing, this will give parents and therapists a new tool to help children have a guide toward forming their own views on ethics and morality.

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