Commies, Cowboys, and Jungle Queens Comic Books and America, 1945-1954

ISBN-10: 0819563382

ISBN-13: 9780819563385

Edition: 1998 (Reprint)

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Description: In addition to their entertainment value, comic books offered a unique world-view to a large segment of the American public in the confusing decade following World War II. Millions were distributed to service personnel during the war years, and by 1945, adults as well as children were reading an astounding 60 million comic books per month. These books treated such contemporary concerns as the atomic and hydrogen bombs, growth of international Communism, and the Korean War, and they offered heroes and heroines to deal with such problems. In response to moral criticism, the industry established a Comics Code that specified acceptable content. The code prohibited most of what had appeared in the medium prior to 1954, thus ending what has since come to be known as the "golden age" of comic books. With reproductions of five representative stories supplementing the text, William Savage's book (first published in 1990), will appeal to social historians and others interested in this vivid expression of American culture.

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Book details

List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Publication date: 4/24/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 165
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.484

Introduction: The Rise and Decline of Escapism 1929-1945
The Bomb
The Red Menace
Korea
The Cowboy Crusade
Society and Change
Blaming Comic Books: The Wertman Assault
Terminus Ad Quem
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