English 481: Special Topic – The Literature of Comic Books, Graphic Novels, and Superheroes

Professor X (a.k.a. Dr. Gian Pagnucci)

Instructor Information

Course Information

  • Semester: Spring 2007
  • Banner Course Numbers: CRN 22304 (Section 011)
  • Meeting Times: 4:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. (Tuesday & Thursday)
  • Classroom: Leonard Hall 202 (Computer Classroom)
  • Further Registration Information

Course Overview

This course will be a one-of-a-kind spectacular! Shed your mild-mannered alter ego and come live life in the action packed world of comic books. Read great stories, fight evil super villains, save the day, and still get home in time for lunch!

This course will explore the comic book as a literary art form. The course will examine the history of comic book literature, the psychological allure of comics, and the place of graphic art within society. The course will also study the nature of the acts of reading and writing comic books. The course will focus especially on the superhero genre within comic book literature. (Optional superhero training will be provided!)

Master Plan for World (or IUP) Domination


Comic Book Collection (A.K.A. Course Units)

Special Course Mission

We’ll use one class day to watch Ghost Rider.

We may also take one day to go to the Pittsburgh Comicon (April 27-29th).

Comic Book Web Resources

Superheroes in Film & Television

  • Current Film & Television
    • Comics to Film
    • Heroes
    • Smallville
    • Superhero Film Guide (by Mike Vegas King)
    • Who Wants to Be a Superhero (Reality TV Show; on SciFi Channel)
    • Superhero Hype
  • Previous Film & Television

Comic Book Terminology

Individual Student Web Sites