Comic Book Nation: The Transformation of Youth Culture in America / Edition 1

Comic Book Nation: The Transformation of Youth Culture in America / Edition 1

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by Bradford W. Wright
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0801874505

ISBN-13: 9780801874505

Pub. Date: 09/15/2003

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

From Batman's Depression-era battles against corrupt local politicians and Captain America's one-man war against Nazi Germany to Iron Man's Cold War exploits in Vietnam and Spider-Man's confrontations with student protestors and drug use in the early 1970s, comic books have continualy reflected the national mood, as Wright's imaginative reading of thousands of titles

Overview

From Batman's Depression-era battles against corrupt local politicians and Captain America's one-man war against Nazi Germany to Iron Man's Cold War exploits in Vietnam and Spider-Man's confrontations with student protestors and drug use in the early 1970s, comic books have continualy reflected the national mood, as Wright's imaginative reading of thousands of titles from the 1930s to the 1980s makes clear. In every genre -- superhero, war, romance, crime, and horror comic books -- Wright finds that writers and illustrators used the medium to address a variety of serious issues, including racism, economic injustice, fascism, the threat of nuclear war, drug abuse, and teenage alienation. At the same time, xenophobic wartime series proved that comic books could be as reactionary as any medium.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801874505
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
09/15/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
360
Sales rank:
560,263
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.88(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Introductionxiii
1Superheroes for the Common Man: The Birth of the Comic Book Industry, 1933-19411
2Race, Politics, and Propaganda: Comic Books Go to War, 1939-194530
3Confronting Success: Comic Books and Postwar America, 1945-195056
4Youth Crisis: Comic Books and Controversy, 1947-195086
5Reds, Romance, and Renegades: Comic Books and the Culture of the Cold War, 1947-1954109
6Turning Point: Comic Books in Crisis, 1954-1955154
7Great Power and Great Responsibility: Superheroes in a Superpower, 1956-1967180
8Questioning Authority: Comic Books and Cultural Change, 1968-1979226
9Direct to the Fans: The Comic Book Industry since 1980254
Epilogue: The Death of Superman, or, Must There Be a Comic Book Industry?282
Notes287
Notes on Sources323
Index331

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Comic Book Nation: The Transformation of Youth Culture in America 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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