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Printing terror: American horror comics as Cold War commentary and critique

Michael Goodrum and Philip Smith

Abstract

Printing Terror places horror comics of the mid-twentieth century in dialogue with the anxieties of their age. It rejects the narrative of horror comics as inherently and necessarily subversive and explores, instead, the ways in which these texts manifest white male fears over America’s changing sociological landscape. It examines two eras: the pre-CCA period of the 1940s and 1950s, and the post-CCA era to 1975. The authors examine each of these periods through the lenses of war, gender, and race, demonstrating that horror comics are centred upon white male victimhood and the monstrosity of th ... More

Keywords: America, comics, gender, horror, race, war

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781526135926
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.7765/9781526135933

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Goodrum, author
Canterbury Christ Church University

Philip Smith, author
Savannah College of Art and Design