Atomic Comics: Cartoonists Confront the Nuclear World (Paperback)
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Atomic Comics: Cartoonists Confront the Nuclear World (Paperback)

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Paperback 200 Pages / Published: 30/10/2013
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The advent of the Atomic Age challenged purveyors of popular culture to explain to the general public the complex scientific and social issues of atomic power. Atomic Comics examines how comic books, comic strips, and other cartoon media represented the Atomic Age from the early 1920s to the present. Through the exploits of superhero figures such as Atomic Man and Spiderman, as well as an array of nuclear adversaries and atomic-themed adventures, the public acquired a new scientific vocabulary and discovered the major controversies surrounding nuclear science. Ferenc Morton Szasz's thoughtful analysis of the themes, content, and imagery of scores of comics that appeared largely in the United States and Japan offers a fascinating perspective on the way popular culture shaped American comprehension of the fissioned atom for more than three generations.

Publisher: University of Nevada Press
ISBN: 9780874179187
Number of pages: 200
Weight: 249 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 15 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"This book covers a largely untouched subject and contributes significantly to our understanding of American atomic culture." -- Scott C. Zeman, coeditor of "Atomic Culture: How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb"


"This is the only book-length study of nuclear themes in comics. The book is engaging and straightforward, and the writing style is easy to follow." --Michael A. Amundson, coeditor of "Atomic Culture: How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb"


"Charming and sophisticated . . . One might view "Atomic Comics" through many lenses. To some degree, the book fits in the 'researcher studies pop culture' category, but it is much too entertainingly--even at times, wryly--written to consign to the academic corner of the library." -"Bulletin of Atomic Scientists"


.".."Atomic Comics: Cartoonists Confront the Nuclear World" is a seminal work identifying the perspective that cartoonists brought to nuclear issues that was to prove enduringly influential upon public opinion--an influence that continues to be felt to this very day." -- "Midwest Book Review"

"An immensely readable survey of how comic books have sowed fear and excitement ... clearly written and free of the jargon one might expect from an academic press." Pat Padua in "blogcritcs.org", 8/15/12

.".. "Atomic Comics "is a useful text, serving as a lucid introduction to the various intersections of popular culture and social issues during the Cold War. In a more general sense, it clearly identifies the ways all manner of popular cultural forms express the ideological conditions of their historical moment, thus serving as a succinct introduction to the study of popular culture and history. Szasz's prose is accessible and jargon-free, friendly to both undergraduate and general readers and the text is filled with images of the works he describes. It could fruitfully appear on undergraduate syllabi in American studies, history, and popular culture courses." Sean Cashbaugh, H-Net Reviews

Charming and sophisticated . . . One might view "Atomic Comics" through many lenses. To some degree, the book fits in the researcher studies pop culture category, but it is much too entertainingly--even at times, wryly--written to consign to the academic corner of the library. -"Bulletin of Atomic Scientists""


.."."Atomic Comics: Cartoonists Confront the Nuclear World" is a seminal work identifying the perspective that cartoonists brought to nuclear issues that was to prove enduringly influential upon public opinion--an influence that continues to be felt to this very day." -- "Midwest Book Review"
"An immensely readable survey of how comic books have sowed fear and excitement ... clearly written and free of the jargon one might expect from an academic press." Pat Padua in "blogcritcs.org," 8/15/12
" "Atomic Comics "is a useful text, serving as a lucid introduction to the various intersections of popular culture and social issues during the Cold War. In a more general sense, it clearly identifies the ways all manner of popular cultural forms express the ideological conditions of their historical moment, thus serving as a succinct introduction to the study of popular culture and history. Szasz's prose is accessible and jargon-free, friendly to both undergraduate and general readers and the text is filled with images of the works he describes. It could fruitfully appear on undergraduate syllabi in American studies, history, and popular culture courses." Sean Cashbaugh, H-Net Reviews"

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