Abstract

This project involved collecting Sheldon Mayer’s comic book series, Sugar and Spike (DC, 1954–71) for close analysis of the paratextual matter (letter columns, paper dolls) and recurrent themes, with special attention to the larger historical context of youth responses to censorship and changing literacies. In “Escaping the Prison-House,” I argue that Mayer uses his title characters’ babytalk to indulge in imaginatively escaping the alienating limitations of linguistic interpellation, while hinting at the subversive potential of a then-maligned medium.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1553-1201
Print ISSN
0885-0429
Pages
pp. 187-215
Launched on MUSE
2014-05-15
Open Access
No
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