Martin Casas has had an unusual career: he worked in politics for years, starting as a White House intern, then supporting the campaigns of Howard Dean, Hillary Clinton, and most recently St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson. But in recent years, he’s opened comic bookstore, Apotheosis Comics & Lounge. Apotheosis is an explicitly social-justice oriented bookstore, a community venue which seeks to use comic book stories to promote social change. James speaks with Martin about how superheroes have inspired and supported social justice movements through the decades.
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Martin recommended some comics for their exploration of social justice issues:
- Superman for All Seasons, by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale
- Hard Travelin’ Heroes, by Denny O’Neil and Neal Adams
- March, by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
- Captain America: Sam Wilson Vol. 1 (Not My Captain America), by Nick Spencer, Daniel Acuna, et al.
- Amazing Spider-Man Masterworks Vol. 3, by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko