Stan Lee, Michael Uslan & the Smithsonian Offer Massive Free Online Course on Comic Book Superhero History

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Cropped photograph of comic book icon and Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee by Max Gerber.

Right: Photograph of producer for the Batman movies and one of the first instructors to have taught an accredited course on comic book folklore at any university, Michael Uslan.


The Rise of Superheroes and Their Impact On Pop Culture, a five-week online theory course, is currently being offered through edX - a website platform that offers interactive online classes and massive open online courses from the world’s best universities, colleges and organizations - free of charge for those who wish to register. The course will start on May 5th 2015 and you can enroll today. The announcement that the course will be hosted by comic book icon and Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee, the executive producer of the Batman Dark Knight movie franchise Michael Uslan and experts from the Smithsonian, has attracted interest as more and more people register for the course, which will take place shortly after Free Comic Book Day on May 2nd. EdX elaborates on the The Rise of Superheroes and Their Impact On Pop Culture course:


The ancient gods of Egyptian, Greek and Roman myths still exist, but today, they have superpowers, human foibles and secret identities. They come from comic books and graphic novels, and have taken over pop culture on the stage, screen, video games, and animation. From Superman® and Spiderman®, to The Avengers® and The Hulk® and beyond, who are these heroes? And, how have they evolved from folklore and myth, across all cultures and religions? For the first time ever, the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History is excited to offer the opportunity to go into the collection and see why superheroes are a dominant cultural force in today’s world. Not only will students be taught by Smithsonian experts, and three industry leaders - Stan Lee, Michael Uslan and David Uslan, but they will also get to ask questions and chat online with them around coursework. At last, fans, students and seekers of knowledge have the opportunity to enroll in the ultimate comic book course.


Click here to read the Open Culture article on the course and to watch the video advertisement narrated by Michael Uslan.

Click here to register for the course free of charge on the edX website.

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