Comics in the Classroom

In this issue: The Major Spoilers Crew reviews some comics, picks the comic they are most looking forward to this week, and ponder the use of comics in the classroom with Dr. Peter Coogan, Director of the institute for Comic Studies.


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There’s a lot of movies coming up, and they might not all be good.

The Major Spoilers website moves to a brand spankin’ new server. Does it work well for you?

John I.G. the second wants to know if there will ever be any more commentary tracks for Cowboy Bebop produced by the Major Spoilers crew.

Graphic Classics Volume Seventeen
Visions of the Future!
Science Fiction Classics presents comics adaptations of stories from the original creators of science fiction including “The War of the Worlds” by H.G. Wells and “A Martian Odyssey” by Stanley G. Weinbaum. Also featured are “In the Year 2889” a rare short story by Jules Verne, and “The Disintegration Machine”, starring Arthur Conan Doyle’s Professor Challenger. Plus E.M. Forster’s only SF tale “The Machine Stops”, and shorts by Lord Dunsany and Hans Christian Anderson.

Herogasm #1
Writer: Garth Ennis
Penciller/Inker: John McCrea

An evil so profound it threatens all mankind… the mightiest heroes on the planet uniting to defend us all… a secret crisis of such utter finality that a countdown to civil or infinite war seems unavoidable… but have you ever wondered what really happens during Crossovers? The Seven, Payback, Teenage Kix, Fantastico and every other supe on Earth team up for an annual event like no other… and where the supes go, can a certain “five complications and a dog” be far behind? Vought-American prepare to make their move, in a story that will change the world of the Boys forever: Herogasm #1.

Star Trek: Crew #4
Story by John Byrne
Art by John Byrne
Cover by John Byrne

It’s a war that has raged for decades… but who are the combatants, and what is their unexpected connection to the Earth of centuries past? The crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise will have only hours to find out, or die trying!

There are a lot of comics being released this week, and some of them might be more anticipated by readers than others. This week sees the beginning of Batman and Robin #1, the “end” of Ultimate Spider-man with issue #133, more superhero turned bad in Irredeemable #3, a gruesome tale from Image Comics in the form of Chew #1, and the antics of Atomic Robo taking on the horror from space.
A) Batman and Robin #1
B) Ultimate Spider-man #133
C) Irredeemable #3
D) Chew #1
E) Atomic Robo #2
F) Other

This week on the Major Spoilers Podcast, the Major Spoilers Crew welcomes Dr. Peter Coogan, Director of the Institute for Comic Studies to talk about comics in the classroom. From Classics Illustrated to using comics as a gateway to additional learning (plus a wild rant or two from Stephen) are discussed in the last half of the show.

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Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment. You can follow him on Twitter @MajorSpoilers and tell him your darkest secrets...


  1. I think they are going for the “Sigma Six” version of GI Joe (the newest cartoon version), which only had like 6 guys all wearing black, high tech, exoskeletons.

  2. hey matthew, i got your shawshank redemption reference when you were talking about alxandre dumas (dumbass). stephen and rodrigue didn’t seem to get it.

  3. I just found this on the website, havent had time to listen to the podcast, but I say “Yeah” why not use APPROPRIATE material to give kids a leg up start reading. I have a kid who has developmental disabilitys, we didn’t think he would read. When he did start, comics were great-pictures and words, helps make associations. Once again, appropriate material-I’m not gonna give my little guy anything with tits and guts- Hulk tearing Wolverine in half is too much.
    Gotta go, but my answer is sure.

  4. I was originally listening to this podcast to hear spoilers for Ultimate Spider-Man 133. I was disappointed. Then the ‘cast started the discussion with Dr. Peter Coogan, which was very interesting, educational, and captivating. As a new teacher, I’ve been struggling with ideas of how to incorporate comics (and movies) into my curriculum to help engage the students. I learned a lot and I would like to thank you for including this with your spoilers.

  5. I love the irony of Dr. Peter Coogan talking about appropriate comics for kids and Matthews’ Review of Herogasm.

  6. hey matthew, i got your shawshank redemption reference when you were talking about alxandre dumas (dumbass). stephen and rodrigue didn’t seem to get it.

    They never do…

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