The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America

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Macmillan, Feb 3, 2009 - Comics & Graphic Novels - 434 pages
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In the years between the end of World War II and the mid-1950s, the popular culture of today was invented in the pulpy, boldly illustrated pages of comic books. But no sooner had comics emerged than they were beaten down by mass bonfires, congressional hearings, and a McCarthyish panic over their unmonitored and uncensored content. Esteemed critic David Hajdu vividly evokes the rise, fall, and rise again of comics in this engrossing history.

 

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User Review  - Scarchin - LibraryThing

Before reading this, I was completely unaware of the hysteria that surrounded comic books in the 40s and 50s. From pulpits, the Senate floor, and statehouses around the country, serious efforts were ... Read full review

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User Review  - laurustina - LibraryThing

I started this and really liked it, but kept getting distracted, so I'm moving it back to the to-read list. Will dig in again when things settle down around here. Read full review

Contents

Prologue
3
Society Iss Nix
9
It Was Work
32
Crime Pays
53
Youth in Crisis
71
Puddles of Blood
92
Then Let Us Commit Them
112
Woofer and Tweeter
132
The Triumph of Dr Payn
228
What Are We Afraid Of?
245
Weve Had It
274
Murphys Law
305
Out of the Frying Pan and into the Soup
319
Epilogue
331
Appendix
337
Notes
353

LoveLOVELOVE
154
New Trend
175
Humor in a Jugular Vein
193
Panic
209
Bibliography
407
Acknowledgments
413
Index
417
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About the author (2009)

David Hajdu is the author of Lush Life: A Biography of Billy Strayhorn and Positively 4th Street: The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Farina and Richard Farina.

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