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Szasz, Ferenc Morton, 1940-2010
Atomic comics : cartoonists confront the nuclear world / Ferenc Morton Szasz
University of Nevada Press paperback edition
Production, publication, distribution, manufacture, copyright Reno : University of Nevada Press, 2013
book jacket
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 4th Floor  PN6714 .S97 2013    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Comic books, strips, etc. -- History and criticism
Atomic bomb in literature
Cartoonists
Physical Description xvii, 179 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 155-165) and index
Contents Before Hiroshima. Comic strips confront the subatomic world : the turn of the century to the early 1930s -- The comics and the fissioned atom : the mid-1930s to August 6, 1945 -- The initial reaction : 1945-early 1960s. Coming to grips with the atom : early atomic superheroes -- Atomic comic utopias, espionage, and the Cold War -- Atomic comics change direction : the mid-1950s to the present day. American underground comix, political and international cartoonists, and the rise of Japanese manga -- The never-ending appeal of atomic adventure tales
Summary The advent of the Atomic Age challenged purveyors of popular culture to explain to the general public the complex scientific and social issues of atomic power. Atomic Comics examines how comic books, comic strips, and other cartoon media represented the Atomic Age from the early 1920s to the present. Through the exploits of superhero figures such as Atomic Man and Spiderman, as well as an array of nuclear adversaries and atomic-themed adventures, the public acquired a new scientific vocabulary and discovered the major controversies surrounding nuclear science. Ferenc Morton Szasz's thoughtful analysis of the themes, content, and imagery of scores of comics that appeared largely in the United States and Japan offers a fascinating perspective on the way popular culture shaped American comprehension of the fissioned atom for more than three generations
Note Originally published in hardcover 2012
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