Lightning in a Panel (Spring ’15)

The American Superhero and the Invention of a Modern Mythology


Discover the Comics Origins of Today’s Greatest Superheroes

Join us for a conversation with five veteran comic writers whose works inspire today’s popular superheroes in film & TV. Dennis O’Neil, Paul Levitz, Louise and Walter Simonson, and Larry Hama, will speak on the origins of superhero stories and the proliferation of this genre beyond comic books. The writers’ contributions have led to the Batman, G.I. Joe, X-Men, and Thor films, and the Arrow TV series; their works explore the dual role of such stories as modernity myths and historical narratives for a multicultural, technological society.

Date & Time: Friday, March 27, 4:30 – 6:00 PM

Location: Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall (rm. 100), Princeton University

Open to all of Princeton University and the greater community.

Seating is limited, ages 14 and up. For the greater community outside Princeton University, please reserve a seat by emailing

Co-sponsored by the Princeton Writing Program, the Department of English, the Program in American Studies, the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, the Program in Media + Modernity, and the Council of the Humanities.


And two weeks later, come on back  to dig deeper into comics theory and the art of the graphic novel with a special 2-day symposium at Princeton – Frames.

(Images courtesy of DC Entertainment, Marvel Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Paramount Pictures and MGM.)