Young, Richard: "There Is Nothing Grittier than a “Grunt’s Eye View”. American Comic Books and the Popular Memory of the Vietnam War." In: Australasian Journal of American Studies 34.2 (2015), S. 75–93.
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Keywords: "The ’Nam", Memoria, Murray. Doug, Politics, USA, War
Collection: Australasian Journal of American Studies
Examining the release of the first Vietnam War comic book, The ’Nam, published in the United States during the postwar period, this article explores the role comic books played in shaping the popular memory of the war. Published monthly by Marvel between 1986 and 1992, The ’Nam’s success coincided with a period dominated by superhero comic books. At its height, it became the second highest selling comic book in the United States, outselling the most established superhero titles in the latter half of the 1980s. Despite the comic’s claims of presenting a realistic and apolitical representation of the war, it promoted a heavily politicised version of the war’s narrative. This article locates The ’Nam within the context of the politicised debates about the war’s memorialisation during the postwar period. In doing so, it explores the role The ’Nam played in shaping how a new generation of predominantly adolescent American boys came to understand the Vietnam War.
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