Comic Art Propaganda: A Graphic History

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IIex, 2010 - Comic books, strips, etc - 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  - Jonathan - Goodreads

Had a great overview of the uses of propaganda in comic art such as strips and books. Provided wonderful examples with little to no bias. An easy, nice-looking, and informative read. Read full review

Review: Comic Art Propaganda: A Graphic History

User Review  - Jasmin Gilliam - Goodreads

Comic by definition is “of or relating to comedy” or “causing laughter or amusement,” (Dictionary.com) of course these definitions pertain to the comedic comics as well but it does apply to the comic ... Read full review

Contents

First in the Service
38
The Beast is Dead SpiderMan and the Reagans Raiders
44
The Comic Side
52
Copyright

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About the author (2010)

Fredrik Stromberg was born in 1968 in the South of Sweden. He is the editor of "Bild & Bubbla", Scandinavia s largest magazine about comics, writes regularly about comics, heads a school for comic artists and sits on the editorial board for the International Journal of Comics Art. He lives in Sweden.

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