R421 Spring 2019 Stan Lee and the Silver Age of Marvel Comics
Tuesdays, 11:50–1:15 May 7–May 21
Instructor: Jim Dunphy
When one thinks of comic books over the past 75 years, one name stands above the rest—the late Stan Lee. Starting before World War II with Timely Comics, he survived the comics purge of the 1950s to usher in the Silver Age of Marvel Comics. He was the driving force behind a galaxy of superheroes—the Fantastic Four, the modern Captain America, the Hulk, Iron Man, Thor and many others who, a half century after they burst on the comics scene, dominate multiplexes throughout the country. Branching into TV and movies, he created a Marvel empire worth billions. But, as Spiderman's Uncle Ben told him, “With great power comes great responsibility.” He also brought to comics a voice for change and for raising social and moral awareness. So, come join OLLI as we follow the origins and development of superheroes through the decades. To again quote Stan Lee, “Excelsior!”
Jim Dunphy's mother, unlike most mothers of her generation, did not throw out all his comic books, so he still has a collection in the thousands of 1960s and 1970s comics. A former member of the Merry Marvel Marching Society, Dunphy has taught a variety of classes at all OLLI locations.