Comic art propaganda: a graphic history

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IIex, Apr 1, 2010 - Art - 175 pages
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As one of the most simple, effective and powerful forms of communication, it comes as no surprise that comic art has been misappropriated by governments, self-interest groups, do-gooders and sinister organisations to spread their messages. World War Two comic book propaganda with Superman, Batman, and Captain America bashing up cartoon enemies was so ubiquitous that there was barely a US comic untainted by the war effort. And theres no shortage of examples from the other side of the globe. This book examines every kind of propaganda, and how positive or pernicious messages have been conveyed in the pages of comic books over the last 100 years. Subject areas include racism and xenophobia, antidrugs comics, pro-drugs comics and religious comics. Plus, there is a look at social programming; how gender roles were re-enforced in comic book stereotyping, and how comics broke free to produce a whole slew of gay superheroes, no matter how ham-fistedly written. This book is a fascinating global, visual history of some of the most contentious, outrageous, unbelievably unusual and politically charged comics ever published. Written by renowned comics historian and author, Fredrik Strömberg.

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Review: Comic Art Propaganda: A Graphic History

User Review  - BirdBrian - Goodreads

Doesn't everybody know about Bugs Bunny making fools of the Nazis in early 40's comics? If this book were just about that, it would hardly be worth it. It turns out, the marriage of comics and ... Read full review

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User Review  - James Erwin - Goodreads

A fun survey but necessarily incomplete and shallow. Read full review


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Stromberg is one of the editors of Bild & Bubbla, Scandinavia's largest and the world's second oldest magazine about comics, and Chairman of The Swedish Comics Association.

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