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Goodrum, Michael and Philip Smith. Printing Terror: American horror comics as cold war commentary and critique. Manchester, New York: Manchester Univ. Press, 2021. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-1-5261-3592-6
BibTeX citation key: Goodrum2021
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Categories: General
Keywords: Cold War, Ethnicity, Gender, Horror, USA
Creators: Goodrum, Smith
Publisher: Manchester Univ. Press (Manchester, New York)
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Printing Terror places horror comics of the Cold War in dialogue with the anxieties of their age. It rejects the narrative of horror comics as inherently, and necessarily, subversive and explores, instead, the ways in which these texts manifest white male fears over America's changing sociological landscape. It examines two eras: the pre-CCA period of the 1940s up to 1954, and the post-CCA era to 1975. The book examines each of these periods through the lenses of war, gender, and race, demonstrating that horror comics at this time were centered on white male victimhood and the monstrosity of the gendered and/or racialised other.

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1. “The dead – the slain – the unavenged.” – trauma in the 1940s and 1950s
2. “Men are beasts! Wild beasts! Wild Beasts Must Be Destroyed!” – gender in the 1940s and 1950s
3. “Confusion turns to fear” – race in the 1940s and 1950s
4. Monster kids: bridging the pre- and post-CCA eras
5. “The war has done strange things to you” – trauma in the 1960s and 1970s
6. “This isn’t a dream! This is really happening!” – gender in the 1960s and 1970s
7. “We are a species that fears itself most of all” – race in the 1960s and 1970s
8. Conclusion: appropriating white male fear


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