This is a guest post by Joel Mota, a Reference Librarian in the Serial and Government Publications Division.
As summer break comes to an end, it is time to prepare to go back to school. What better way to ease the nerves than to read some comic book stories…about school!
Will you be dragging your heels on your walk to the first day of class like Little Lulu and her friends? Or will you embrace the academic year as a new opportunity for mischief and adventure like Huey, Dewey, and Louie?
For those dreading the same class with your secret crush, see how Carolyn handles her dilemma in Teen-Age Romances. Or better yet, take a few tips from Archie’s guide on how to survive high school.
While high school can be full of embarrassing moments, at least we don’t have to constantly fend off super villains like Peter Parker does. He battled Molten Man before his own graduation from Midtown High!
If you’ve upgraded from high school crush to college romance, find out who Ellen asks to accompany her at the sorority dance in Love Romances. Or crash a college dorm party with Kurt the Werewolf and Sean the Vampire in Bar Crawl of the Damned.
If you would rather skip the romance and party scene in favor of something more studious, follow Yogi Bear’s college years as a science and art student.
And for all you college football fanatics, try to keep up with Bugs Bunny and Porky Pig’s trick plays from their stint on the Hamm University football team.
Some day you will all be able to look back at your school experiences like The Caped Crusader himself. Even Batman reminisces about his days as a star athlete and honors student in Criminology at Gotham College.
What are you reading before heading back to school? Tell us about your last-minute read in the comments below.
If you want to learn more about comic books in the classroom, check out “Back to School: Comic Books and Literacy.” And to learn more about the comic book collection at the Library of Congress, take a look at our guide to collections in the Newspaper and Current Periodical Reading Room.