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The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2013

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    More like the ten dollar plague

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2011

    Idk

    It kinda seems good im 50/50

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Not Worth It

    I am seriously disappointed in this history of comic books as a part of popular culture. It is very boring and not worth reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    A must read for all comics buffs

    The Golden Age of Comics is generally thought to have ended in the late 1940s. The Silver Age of Comics started with 1956 with the reintroduction of the Flash in Showcase #4 (DC Comics). So what happened in between? The answer lies in David Hajdu's Ten Cent Plague, a book that sheds light on an oft-forgotten piece of American history.Hajdu, using interviews of many prominent figures from the era, traces comics through the 1940s and early 1950s, when public outcry over the content of the books at the local newsstand led to censorship, mass burnings and even Senate hearings. Laws were enacted banning the sale of comics in cities across the United States and school children were encouraged to collect comics to throw on a bonfire at their local school. This was McCarthyism before McCarthy (though, interestingly enough, the final Senate hearing occured on the same day as the first hearing led by McCarthy). Through it all, Hajdu outlines the attitudes and struggles by many in the comics industry to keep their livelihoods afloat.This is a book that is a must for any comics fan. Covering the era between the Golden Age and Silver Age, Hajdu fills in the gaps in current comics history. His accounts of the burnings and outrage are chilling. That a country which was founded (in part) on freedom of speech and the press could allow book burnings is, to put it mildly, frightening. This books serves as both a history and a cautionary tale for anyone afraid of public hysteria gone too far.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2011

    Fantastic!

    A great way to learn the roots of the comic book industry. A wonderful and entertaining read!

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  • Posted February 23, 2011

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    Don't forget Tipper Gore in the list - In the eyes of many comic fans, Wertham was Senator Joseph McCarthy, your high school guidance counselor, and your churchgoing parents all rolled into one.

    Remember the PMRC? Duh!

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