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Méon, Jean-Matthieu. "A War Like Any Other … Or Nobler? The great war in the ec comics." European Comic Art 8. (2015): 61–82. 
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Resource type: Journal Article
Language: en: English
Peer reviewed
DOI: 10.3167/eca.2015.080204
BibTeX citation key: Mon2015
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Categories: General
Keywords: EC, USA, War
Creators: Méon
Collection: European Comic Art
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The U.S. publisher EC Comics produced several war comics between 1950 and 1955. These comic books, especially the issues published during Harvey Kurtzman’s editorship, are still considered masterpieces, as rare examples of war comics attempting to present an unvarnished account of the ordeals of war. This article focuses on the treatment of the Great War in comics. While current stories about the First World War usually underline its inhuman realities for the soldiers, the EC stories offered a more ambivalent representation. The now traditional stories of trenches and suffering infantry soldiers were counterbalanced by stories of heroic air fights and chivalrous aces. This approach towards the First World War as a ‘noble war’ progressively increased during the run of these comics, reflecting the shifting balance that characterised the production of EC war comics: that between the constraints of the market, artistic ambition and the popular cultural mythology of air aces.
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