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Hirsch, Paul S. Pulp Empire. The Secret History of Comic Book Imperialism. Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 2021. (337 S.) 
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Resource type: Book
Languages: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 9780226350554
BibTeX citation key: Hirsch2021
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Categories: General
Keywords: Cold War, Kulturpolitik, Popular culture, USA, War
Creators: Hirsch
Publisher: Univ. of Chicago Press (Chicago)
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Abstract
In the 1940s and ’50s, comic books were some of the most popular—and most unfiltered—entertainment in the United States. Publishers sold hundreds of millions of copies a year of violent, racist, and luridly sexual comics to Americans of all ages, until a 1954 Senate investigation led to a censorship code that nearly destroyed the industry. But this was far from the first time the US government actively involved itself with comics—it was simply the most dramatic manifestation of a long, strange relationship between high-level policy makers and a medium that even artists and writers often dismissed as a creative sewer. In Pulp Empire, Paul S. Hirsch uncovers the gripping untold story of how the US government both attacked and appropriated comic books to help wage World War II and the Cold War, promote official—and clandestine—foreign policy, and deflect global critiques of American racism.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Making an American Monster (1)

1. This Is Our Enemy (36)
2. The Wild Spree of the Laughing Sadist (75)
3. Donald Duck’s Atom Bomb (116)
4. The Devil’s Ally (153)
5. American Civilization Means Airstrips and Comic Strips (191)
6. The Free World Speaks (211)
7. Thor Battles the Vietcong (242)
Conclusion: The Ghosts among Us (268)

Acknowledgments (281)
Notes (287)
Index (319)


  
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