Ted Latiak and Derek Wang found numerous websites about comic books and superheroes, but they were unable to find any website devoted strictly to comic books and their educational values. 

Ted Latiak has been collecting comic books since he was 11 years old and does not have any intentions of quitting this hobby any time soon.  He originally came up with this idea when looking back at his time in the Army.  He had first-hand knowledge of two of the comics mentioned in this piece, a copy of PS: Preventive Maintenance Monthly that included Spider-Man comparing rifle maintenance to keeping his web-shooters operational and the United Nation’s Superman: Deadly Legacy.

Derek Wang has been collecting comic books off-and-on for most of his life…he is currently in on-mode.  He credits comics with not only being one of the first things he ever read, but sparking his interest in reading altogether.


By day, Ted "The Flash" Latiak and Derek "Green Lantern" Wang are mild-mannered journalism students, but when darkness falls, they have been known to spend their time protecting the rooftops of Columbia University.

Ted graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.  He is currently a broadcast concentrator at Columbia University.  Until returning to school, he was a Captain in the Army.

Derek graduated from New York University in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts in Film.  He is currently a magazine concentrator at Columbia University.  Until returning to school, he was a reporter for KUOW in Seattle.

Neither had any experience in new media or any knowledge of the comic book programs being used throughout the country prior to this project.  Both, however, do blame superheroes, such as Superman and Spider-Man, for unlocking their interest in journalism and luring them to Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Contact Info:

Ted Latiak: ll2237 [at] columbia.edu
Derek Wang: djw2108 [at] columbia.edu

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