Marvel Comics brought about a revolution that changed comic books forever through its emphasis on characterization and keen awareness of pop-culture and changing trends. In 1968 DC responded to Marvel's success by pushing out its old guard of creators and bringing aboard a new editorial staff to revitalize the line. One of the first, and most startling, changes was an Emma Peel-inspired Carnaby Street makeover for a newly liberated Wonder Woman, courtesy of Dennis O'Neil and Mike Sekowsky. Meanwhile, Marvel's line expanded, and scripting chores passed from Stan Lee to a young batch of politically savvy, flower-powered up-and-comers. Tonight at 7 p.m. at the Missouri History Museum (Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue; 314-746-4599 or www.mohistory.org
) Pete Coogan
(pictured), director of the Institute for Comic Studies, explores how the social upheaval of the late sixties led to the "modern" superhero comic in his discussion "1968: The Year Comics Met the World
." The lecture is part of the Missouri History Museum's 1968 Exhibit, and admission is free.
Wed., Dec. 18, 2013