Contemporary comic book writer Gene Luen Yang draws inspiration from vintage anti-Klan comics.
by Patrick L. Hamilton and Allan W. Austin
Superhero popular culture has always been embedded within American racial attitudes, reflecting and even contributing to them in ways that reveal goodwill is not sufficient, in and of itself, to fix our problems.
SOURCE: The Conversation
by Michael C. Weisenburg
Grounded in artistic and narrative realism, romance comics were remarkably different from their superhero and sci-fi peers. While the post-war popularity of romance comics only lasted a few years, these love stories ended up actually having a strong influence on other genres.
SOURCE: The Verge
Germ Warfare: A Very Graphic History was commissioned by the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense.
Comic artist Joe Sacco annotates the Great War in a panorama view comic book.
SOURCE: The Atlantic
A new, large-format book captures the dawn of comics, when the medium had no rules and its messages were surprisingly irreverent.
SOURCE: University of Illinois
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Behavioral problems among teenagers and preteens can be blamed on the violence, sex and gore portrayed in the media marketed to them – that was the topic of televised public hearings held by the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency in 1954 to address the scourge of comic books. The hearings, which resulted in the decimation of what was an enormous comic book industry, had been inspired in large part by the book “Seduction of the Innocent,” by psychiatrist Fredric Wertham, based on his own case studies.
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