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Comic Art Propaganda: A Graphic History

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As one of the most 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 organizations to spread their message.  World War II comic book propaganda-with Superman, Batman, and Captain America raising war bonds, and bashing cartoon Japanese and Germans-was so ubiquitous that there was barely a US comic untainted by the war effort.  The sub-textual sequential art continued well into the Ciold War, with both sides producing comics extolling themselves and defaming the enemy.   This book is a fascinating visual history of some of the most outrageous, and unbelievable and politically charged comics ever published. 
Fredrik Strömberg is a journalist, author, and historian, who has studied comics since the early 1990s. He writes regularly for newspapers and magazines about comics, heads the Comic Art School of Sweden, and sits on the editorial board for the International Journal of Comic Art.
As one of the most 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 organizations to spread their message. World War II comic book propaganda—with Superman, Batman, and Captain America raising war bonds, and bashing cartoon Japanese and Germans—was so ubiquitous that there was barely a U.S. comic untainted by the war effort. The sub-textual sequential art continued well into the Cold War, with both sides producing comics extolling themselves and defaming the enemy.

This book examines how positive or pernicious messages have been conveyed in comic books over the last hundred years. Looking at racism and xenophobia, anti- and pro-drug comics, as well as religion, social programming, gender roles, and politics, Comic Art Propaganda is a fascinating global, visual history of some of the most contentious outrageous, unusual, and politically charged comics ever published.

"Even the most cursory look at Comic Art Propaganda overwhelms the eye with a dazzling array of painting, drawing, caricature and cartooning. Closer examination of the artwork shows how brilliant use of color and graphics pumps up the energy and/or outrage for that special brand of storytelling that makes comics so popular in the U.S., Belgium, France and Japan. 'Comics have been used time and time again as tools of propaganda . . . because [they] have an almost magical way of catching and keeping the reader's attention,' Strömberg says at the beginning of his fascinating survey of 20th-century comics intent on promoting agendas, both wild and prosaic.  Strömberg divides his history by the major themes he finds, including inciting racism, supporting wars in progress and promoting certain religions. Although his approach is balanced and almost scholarly, reading about the comics themselves, as well as their large audience, reminds how easily fear can be exploited to promote insularity and hatred. One particularly disturbing section concerns comics that grew out of 'the Asian question' (initially, fear of the potential volume of Chinese immigration into the U.S.) with their tone of 'downright racist, derogatory hate-based propaganda.' The comics that came out of the 1950s Red Hunt in the U.S. are equally telling on that score. Strömberg devotes well-deserved time and attention to La bête est morte! (The Beast Is Dead), a retelling of the history of World War II, and to Art Spiegelman's Maus, his intensely personal attempt to deal with the Holocaust. Strömberg celebrates their status as deft and affecting works that make the complexities of history vivid and absorbable at the same time that he looks at them as 'propaganda.' As Strömberg recounts, Petr Sadecky took another approach to history in his Octobriana and the Russian Underground. Sadecky has said that he went to Russia in the late 1960s and met a group of dissident artists calling themselves the Progressive Political Pornography group. Their main creation was Octobriana, an angrier and more dangerous variant of Brigitte Bardot. Sadecky smuggled copies of the underground comics featuring Octobriana back to Czechoslovakia and published his story to acclaim and much publicity in 1971. And then the story acquired a bizarre edge: upon closer examination, there seems to have been no Progressive Political Pornography group and nobody in Russia seems to have heard of Octobriana (the purported idol of all dissident youth); Sadecky may have engineered Octobriana himself--in one fell swoop, Sadecky's gambit proved that comics can be fun, subversive and completely misleading to uncritical readers. Beautiful propaganda and beautiful art!"—John McFarland, Shelf Awareness

Synopsis:

As one of the most 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 organizations to spread their message.  World War II comic book propaganda-with Superman, Batman, and Captain America raising war bonds, and bashing cartoon Japanese and Germans-was so ubiquitous that there was barely a US comic untainted by the war effort.  The sub-textual sequential art continued well into the Ciold War, with both sides producing comics extolling themselves and defaming the enemy.   This book is a fascinating visual history of some of the most outrageous, and unbelievable and politically charged comics ever published. 
Fredrik Strömberg is a journalist, author, and historian, who has studied comics since the early 1990s. He writes regularly for newspapers and magazines about comics, heads the Comic Art School of Sweden, and sits on the editorial board for the International Journal of Comic Art.
As one of the most 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 organizations to spread their message. World War II comic book propaganda—with Superman, Batman, and Captain America raising war bonds, and bashing cartoon Japanese and Germans—was so ubiquitous that there was barely a U.S. comic untainted by the war effort. The sub-textual sequential art continued well into the Cold War, with both sides producing comics extolling themselves and defaming the enemy.

This book examines how positive or pernicious messages have been conveyed in comic books over the last hundred years. Looking at racism and xenophobia, anti- and pro-drug comics, as well as religion, social programming, gender roles, and politics, Comic Art Propaganda is a fascinating global, visual history of some of the most contentious outrageous, unusual, and politically charged comics ever published.

Synopsis:

As one of the most 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 organizations to spread their message.  World War II comic book propaganda-with Superman, Batman, and Captain America raising war bonds, and bashing cartoon Japanese and Germans-was so ubiquitous that there was barely a US comic untainted by the war effort.  The sub-textual sequential art continued well into the Ciold War, with both sides producing comics extolling themselves and defaming the enemy.   This book is a fascinating visual history of some of the most outrageous, and unbelievable and politically charged comics ever published. 

About the Author

Fredrik Stromberg is a journalist, author, and historian, who has studied comics since the early 1990s.  He writes regularly for newspapers and magazines about comics, heads the Comic Art School of Sweden, and sits on the editorial board for the International Journal of Comic Art. 

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312596798
Author:
Stromberg, Fredrik
Publisher:
St. Martin's Griffin
Author:
Kuper, Peter
Subject:
Nonfiction
Subject:
Comic books, strips, etc. -- Political aspects.
Subject:
Comic books, strips, etc. -- Religious aspects.
Subject:
Graphic Novels-Nonfiction
Subject:
Propaganda
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20100731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Includes 300 color illustrations through
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
8.49 x 8.22 x 0.99 in

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"Synopsis" by ,
As one of the most 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 organizations to spread their message.  World War II comic book propaganda-with Superman, Batman, and Captain America raising war bonds, and bashing cartoon Japanese and Germans-was so ubiquitous that there was barely a US comic untainted by the war effort.  The sub-textual sequential art continued well into the Ciold War, with both sides producing comics extolling themselves and defaming the enemy.   This book is a fascinating visual history of some of the most outrageous, and unbelievable and politically charged comics ever published. 
Fredrik Strömberg is a journalist, author, and historian, who has studied comics since the early 1990s. He writes regularly for newspapers and magazines about comics, heads the Comic Art School of Sweden, and sits on the editorial board for the International Journal of Comic Art.
As one of the most 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 organizations to spread their message. World War II comic book propaganda—with Superman, Batman, and Captain America raising war bonds, and bashing cartoon Japanese and Germans—was so ubiquitous that there was barely a U.S. comic untainted by the war effort. The sub-textual sequential art continued well into the Cold War, with both sides producing comics extolling themselves and defaming the enemy.

This book examines how positive or pernicious messages have been conveyed in comic books over the last hundred years. Looking at racism and xenophobia, anti- and pro-drug comics, as well as religion, social programming, gender roles, and politics, Comic Art Propaganda is a fascinating global, visual history of some of the most contentious outrageous, unusual, and politically charged comics ever published.

"Synopsis" by ,
As one of the most 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 organizations to spread their message.  World War II comic book propaganda-with Superman, Batman, and Captain America raising war bonds, and bashing cartoon Japanese and Germans-was so ubiquitous that there was barely a US comic untainted by the war effort.  The sub-textual sequential art continued well into the Ciold War, with both sides producing comics extolling themselves and defaming the enemy.   This book is a fascinating visual history of some of the most outrageous, and unbelievable and politically charged comics ever published. 
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