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Ong, Walter J. "The Comics and the Super State." Arizona Quarterly 1. (1945): 34–48. 
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Resource type: Journal Article
Language: en: English
BibTeX citation key: Ong1945
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Categories: General
Keywords: Critique of ideology, Folklore, Superhero, USA
Creators: Ong
Collection: Arizona Quarterly
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“In this article, Ong argues that comics produced in the mid-1940s have shifted from reflecting the lives of normal Americans to presenting models of behavior influenced by the ‘super state’ ideology. […] While Ong’s purpose is not to condemn American comics entirely, he asserts that comics such as Superman and Wonder Woman illustrate that Americans have accepted new informational forms that make them less critical and more unaware of ideological biases. In fact, Ong argues, there are two ‘superstitions’ that have allowed the super state ideology to infiltrate comics: the ‘normalcy superstition’ and the ‘folklore superstition.’ The former claims that anyone who is normal likes comics, a theory that prevents people from questioning what is in comics, and the latter ties comics to other art forms, particularly folklore, in an attempt to justify all content in comics.” (Molly Youngkin, Annotation)
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