Stan Lee will join Batman producer Michael Uslan for a free online course that explores the history of comic books and superheroes.
Offered by edX and the Smithsonian Institution, "The Rise of Superheroes and Their Impact On Pop Culture" examines the factors that led to the Golden Age of comics, the ebb and flow of the genre, the scares of the 1950s, the acceptance of comic books as an artform, and the current popularity of superheroes in television, film and video games.
"It's a great honor being invited to share my views on the evolution of superheroes and the genre's overall impact across all generations of people," Lee said in a statement. "Throughout my career, characters have evolved so much – from drawings on a page to other-worldly special effects only animation could produce, to live-action and so much more. I can't wait to dive into these discussions thanks to Smithsonian and edX."
The five-week course is geared toward students and educators of all ages, with participants given an opportunity to chat online with Lee, Uslan (a comic book professor and historian) and David Uslan, a new-media executive. You can enroll on the edX website; classes begin May 5.