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Comic books and the Cold War, 1946-1962 : essays on graphic treatment of communism, the Code and social concerns

Author: Chris York; Rafiel York
Publisher: Jefferson, North Carolina ; London : McFarland & Company, [2012] ©2012
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"Close analysis of individual titles, including EC comics, Superman, romance comics, and other, more obscure works, reveals the ways Cold War culture -- from atomic anxieties and the nuclear family to communist hysteria and social inequalities -- manifests itself in the comic books of the era. By illuminating the complexities of mid-century graphic novels, this study demonstrates that postwar popular culture was far  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Caricatures and cartoons
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Chris York; Rafiel York
ISBN: 9780786449811 0786449810
OCLC Number: 774213667
Description: viii, 223 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction : Frederic Wertham, containment, and comic books / Chris York and Rafiel York --
Part I: Containing communism, controlling the atom. Lights, camera, action 101 : a brief lesson on how to see an atomic bomb / Nathan Atkinson ; Decrypting espionage comic books in 1950s America / Peter Lee ; "He was a living breathing human being" : Harvey Kurtzman's war comics and the "yellow peril" in 1950s containment culture / Christopher B. Field ; "I can pass right through solid matter!" : how The Flash upheld American values while breaking the speed limit / Frederick A. Wright ; Jack Kirby's Challengers of the Unknown : establishing order in an age of anxiety / Phillip Payne and Paul J. Spaeth ; Red menace on the moon : containment in space as depicted in comics of the 1950s / John Donovan --
Part II: Containing sexuality in the Cold War. Girls who sinned in secret and paid in public : romance comics, 1949-1954 / Jeanne Gardner ; Rebellion in Riverdale / Rafiel York ; The Amazon mystique : subverting Cold War domesticity in Wonder Woman comics, 1948-1965 / Ruth McClelland-Nugent ; The girls in white : nurse images in early Cold War era romance and war comics / Christopher J. Hayton and Sheila Hayton ; Horror camp : homoerotic subtext in EC Comics / Diana Green --
Part III: The problem of consensus. "Dedicated to the youth of America" : deviant narration in Crime does not pay / Chris York ; Mad's guest writers / Lawrence Rodman ; Beyond the frontier : Turok, Son of Stone and the Native American in Cold War America / Chris York ; East Europeans in the Cold War comic This godless communism / Alexander Maxwell ; The Fantastic Four : a mirror of Cold War America / Rafiel York.
Responsibility: edited by Chris York and Rafiel York.

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"Close analysis of individual titles, including EC comics, Superman, romance comics, and other, more obscure works, reveals the ways Cold War culture -- from atomic anxieties and the nuclear family to communist hysteria and social inequalities -- manifests itself in the comic books of the era. By illuminating the complexities of mid-century graphic novels, this study demonstrates that postwar popular culture was far from monolithic in its representation of American values and beliefs"--Provided by publisher.

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