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Bowden, Jonathan. Pulp Fascism: Right-wing themes in comics, graphic novels, & popular literature. Ed. Greg Johnson. San Francisco: Counter-Currents, 2013. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 9781935965633
BibTeX citation key: Bowden2013
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Keywords: "Batman", Collection of essays, Critique of ideology, Media effects, Superhero, USA, Wertham. Fredric
Creators: Bowden, Johnson
Publisher: Counter-Currents (San Francisco)
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Jonathan Bowden was a paradox: on the one hand, he was an avowed elitist and aesthetic modernist, yet on the other hand, he relished such forms of popular entertainment as comics, graphic novels, pulps, and even Punch and Judy shows, which not only appeal to the masses but also offer a refuge for pre- and anti-modern aesthetic tastes and tendencies.
Bowden was drawn to popular culture because it was rife with Nietzschean and Right-wing themes: heroic vitalism, Faustian adventurism, anti-egalitarianism, biological determinism, racial consciousness, biologically-based (and traditional) notions of the differences and proper relations of the sexes, etc.
Pulp Fascism collects Jonathan Bowden’s principal statements on Right-wing themes in popular culture drawn from his essays, lectures, and interviews. These high-brow analyses of low-brow culture reveal just how deep and serious shallow entertainment can be.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Greg Johnson

The Heroic in Mass & Popular Culture
1. Pulp Fascism
2. From the Last Interview

Comics & Graphic Novels
3. The Comic Book as Linear Energy
4. Batman & the Joker
5. Arkham Asylum: An Analysis
6. The Incredible Hulk
7. Judge Dredd
8. Blind Cyclops: The Strange Case of Dr. Fredric Wertham

Robert E. Howard
9. Robert E. Howard & the Heroic
10. Conan the Barbarian
11. “Rogues in the House”
12. The Hour of the Dragon (Conan the Conqueror)
13. Solomon Kane

14. H. P. Lovecraft: Aryan Mystic
15. Frank Frazetta: The New Arno Breker?
16. Doc Savage & Criminology
17. Criminology, Elitism, Nihilism: James Hadley Chase’s No Orchids for Miss Blandish

18. Mechanical Fruit: The Strange Case of Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange
19. George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four
20. Francis Pollini’s Night
21. Sarban’s The Sound of His Horn
22. Eugenics or Dysgenics? Brian Aldiss’ Moreau’s Other Island

Popular Drama
23. The Real Meaning of Punch & Judy

24. Why I Write
25. Apocalypse TV
26. Al-Qa’eda MOTH
27. Kratos & Other Works
28. The Fanatical Pursuit of Purity
29. A Ballet of Wasps
30. Louisiana Half-Face
31. Lilith Before Eve
32. Goodbye, Homunculus!


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Crude short pieces from a “leading thinker and spokesman of the British New Right” (editor Johnson). The author was interested in comic books as representing “orgies of violence, ugliness, meaninglessness, and sadomasochistic violence”, not in a critical, but cynical affirmative view, as “the sine qua non of Right-wing art”.
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