This seminar is an exploration of the superhero genre in the United States. While the costume superheroes have been a mainstay of United States culture since 1938, the current media explosion connected to the superhero suggests these characters have reached a new level of cultural importance. The goals of this seminar are to explore the history, evolution, and concerns linked to superhero comic books in the United States. What defines the superhero? When, how, and why did the superhero emerge and evolve? This seminar will examine the definition of the superhero, consider the evolution of the superhero in print, and consider how readers (fans) have engaged with the superhero.