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Rifas, Leonard: Korean War Comic Books. Jefferson, London: McFarland, 2021. 
Added by: joachim (04/26/2021 09:17:05 AM)   Last edited by: joachim (04/26/2021 09:18:18 AM)
Resource type: Book
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-0-7864-4396-3
BibTeX citation key: Rifas2021
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Categories: General
Keywords: History comics, Kulturpolitik, USA, War
Creators: Rifas
Publisher: McFarland (Jefferson, London)
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Abstract
Comic books have presented fictional and fact-based stories of the Korean War, as it was being fought and afterward. Comparing these comics with events that inspired them offers a deeper understanding of the comics industry, America's "forgotten war," and the anti-comics movement, championed by psychiatrist Fredric Wertham, who criticized their brutalization of the imagination. Comics—both newsstand offerings and government propaganda—used fictions to justify the unpopular war as necessary and moral. This book examines the dramatization of events and issues, including the war's origins, germ warfare, brainwashing, Cold War espionage, the nuclear threat, African Americans in the military, mistreatment of POWs, and atrocities.

Table of Contents

Preface (1)

I. Comic Books and the Korean War (7)
1. Introduction (8)
2. Realism, Harm and Responsibility (16)
3. The Business (24)
4. Strips (33)
5. World War II Comic Books (42)
6. Harvey Kurtzman (50)
7. Critics (54)

Illustrations (83)

II. The Korean War in Comic Books (95)
8. Origins of the Korean War (96)
9. Spies (107)
10. African Americans (112)
11. Germs (126)
12. Brainwashing (131)
13. POW! (137)
14. Griping Against the War (141)
15. Atrocities (151)
16. Politics (160)
17. The Bomb (166)
18. Subversive Comics (178)
19. The Korean War in Comics Since 1953 (185)
20. Conclusion (201)

Chapter Notes (207)
Bibliography (277)
Index (317)


  
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