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A rhetorical analysis of the Entertaining Comics Group's 'New Trend' series, 1950-1956

Author: Brian Allan Hess
Publisher: 2003.
Dissertation: Thesis (Ph. D.)--Regent University, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Thesis/dissertation : Thesis/dissertation : Manuscript   Archival Material : English
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During their brief six-year run, EC's "New Trend" titles showed a sophistication unknown in the modest comic book form before or since, tackling such difficult topics as the role of the family, racial and sexual discrimination, and American foreign policy abroad through a variety of genres: war, crime, science-fiction and satire. The gaudy and often violent style of these stories made them easy targets of a Senate  Read more...
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Named Person: William M Gaines
Material Type: Thesis/dissertation, Manuscript
Document Type: Book, Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Brian Allan Hess
OCLC Number: 55471020
Notes: Includes abstract.
Description: vii, 236 leaves ; 29 cm.
Responsibility: by Brian Allan Hess.

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During their brief six-year run, EC's "New Trend" titles showed a sophistication unknown in the modest comic book form before or since, tackling such difficult topics as the role of the family, racial and sexual discrimination, and American foreign policy abroad through a variety of genres: war, crime, science-fiction and satire. The gaudy and often violent style of these stories made them easy targets of a Senate subcommittee investigation of juvenile delinquency held in the Spring of 1954, prompted in part by the furor caused by Dr. Frederic Werthan's book Seduction of the Innocent (1954). This study will explore the motivations and faulty logic behind Wetham's book, the reasons EC Comics were controversial in the 1950s, and why they remain so popular to this day. Consequently, the reader will understand why William M. Gaines' EC Comics were a watershed in the history of American popular culture, and an important historical phenomenon of the 1950s.

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