Comic Books and the Cold War, 1946-1962: Essays on Graphic by Chris York, Rafiel York

By Chris York, Rafiel York

Traditional knowledge holds that comedian books of the post-World battle II period are poorly drawn and poorly written courses, awesome just for the furor they raised. participants to this considerate assortment, even if, reveal that those comics represent advanced cultural files that create a discussion among mainstream values and replacement ideals that question or complicate the grand narratives of the period. shut research of person titles, together with EC comics, Superman, romance comics, and different, extra vague works, finds the methods chilly struggle culture--from atomic anxieties and the to communist hysteria and social inequalities--manifests itself within the comedian books of the period. via illuminating the complexities of mid-century picture novels, this examine demonstrates that postwar pop culture used to be faraway from monolithic in its illustration of yankee values and ideology.

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Unfortunately, both are killed and the plague is released. The use of science as a communist means for mass destruction echoed the escalating arms race, joined by concerns about radioactive fallout. By the 2. Decrypting Espionage Comic Books (Lee) 37 end of the 1950s, strontium-90 was detected in everyday items such as milk, and, as one historian notes, even pet owners were warned about possible contamination in dog food (Winkler 103). Mounting fears of radioactive poisoning, coupled with heightened awareness of Soviet espionage, including Senator Joseph McCarthy’s red-baiting hearings, the trials and executions of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg in 1953, and the discrediting of the esteemed scientist J.

1954), Comic Combine [Marvel Comics]. ” Spy-Hunters #3 (Dec. 1949-Jan. 1950), Syndicated Features [American Comics Group]. ” T-Man #24 (April 1955), Comic Magazines [Quality Comics]. Sibley, Katherine S. Red Spies in America: Stolen Secrets and the Dawn of the Cold War. Lawrence: University of Kansas Press, 2004. Print. 1950). Hercules Publishing [Marvel Comics]. ” T-Man #8 (Nov. 1952), Comic Magazines [Quality Comics]. ” T-Man #8 (Nov. 1953), Comic Magazines [Quality Comics]. ” Spy Cases #26. (Sept.

This portrayal has unsettling implications. After all, Dour reduces Superman, a symbol of truth, justice, and the American way to blithering ineffectuality. He is portrayed, above all, as a threat to the social order. What’s more, Superman’s photographic memory, X-ray vision, and super-hearing aid in the undoing of Dour’s scheme. All told, this depiction of threats from within and the good that comes from surveillance reads as an advance justification for the sort of domestic surveillance and ferreting out of ill-defined threats that would become so common later in the Cold War.

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