Book ID: CBB001320924

Atomic Comics: Cartoonists Confront the Nuclear World (2012)


Szasz, Ferenc Morton (Author)

University of Nevada Press

Publication Date: 2012
Physical Details: xvii + 179 pp.; ill.; bibl.; index
Language: English

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. Before Hiroshima : Comic strips confront the subatomic world: the turn of the century to the early 1930s ; The comics and the fissioned atom: the mid-1930s to August 6, 1945 -- The initial reaction: 1945-early 1960s : Coming to grips with the atom: early atomic superheroes ; Atomic comic utopias, espionage, and the Cold War -- Atomic comics change direction: the mid-1950s to the present day : American underground comix, political and international cartoonists, and the rise of Japanese manga ; The never-ending appeal of atomic adventure tales.


Description From the early 1920s to the present.

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Review Wright, Bradford W. (2013) Review of "Atomic Comics: Cartoonists Confront the Nuclear World". American Historical Review (p. 1216). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Balius, Fernando
Pellejer Ruiz, Mario
Olson, Steve
Zeman, Scott C.
Vanderbilt, Tom
Underwood, Martin C.
Journal of Popular Culture
Social Studies of Science
Science as Culture
Journal of Social History
Journal of Cold War Studies
University of Chicago Press
Edicions Bellaterra
Yale University Press
W. W. Norton & Co.
Stanford University Press
Cincinnati, University of
Nuclear weapons; atomic weapons
Cold War
Science and culture
Science and literature
Popular culture
Pontekorvo, Bruno
Tereshkova, Valentina
Seaborg, Glenn T.
Rotblat, Joseph
Oppenheimer, J. Robert
Lowell, Robert
Time Periods
20th century, late
20th century, early
21st century
20th century
United States
Soviet Union
Great Britain
Atomic Energy Research Establishment (Harwell, England)
Hanford Nuclear Site (Washington)

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