Cartoonists Confront the Nuclear World
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: University of Nevada Press
Title Page Copyright Page
As atomic-themed comic books are a somewhat unusual theme for academic analysis, I should probably start with a word of explanation. I came of reading age in the late 1940s, a period . . .
In the fall of 2010, several months after my husband, Ferenc Morton Szasz, lost his struggle with leukemia, I met with Matt Becker, acquisitions editor for the University of Nevada Press, to . . .
At 10:45 a.m. on August 6, 1945, President Harry S Truman revealed to the world that the Allies had dropped a new type of weapon on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. “It is an atomic . . .
Chapter 1 Comic Strips Confront the Subatomic World: The Turn of the Century to the Early 1930s
In 1895, German scientist William Roentgen shocked the world by his announcement of the discovery of X-rays (“X” for unknown) that could penetrate solid matter. News of the “Roentgen rays” . . .
Chapter 2 The Comics and the Fissioned Atom: The Mid-1930s to August 6, 1945
The 1939 announcement of the splitting of Uranium235 (U-235) by German physical chemists Otto Hahn and Fritz Strassmann sparked an overwhelming public interest in the promises of . . .
Chapter 3 Coming to Grips with the Atom: Early Atomic Superheroes
In 1940 the American Physical Society, the main US professional physics organization, contained 3,751 members. Assuming that slightly over half had some interest in the subatomic world, this . . .
Chapter 4 Atomic Comic Utopias, Espionage, and the Cold War
In the wake of Hiroshima, a number of scientists and science writers quickly revived the earlier 1939–41 dreams of an atomic utopia. Tucked amid the dire warnings of future wars, predictions of . . .
Chapter 5 American Underground Comix, Political and International Cartoonists, and the Rise of Japanese Manga
The rose-colored visions of nuclear power without consequence and the whistle-in-the-dark civil defense warnings faded amid the widespread social upheaval that followed the election of . . .
Chapter 6 The Never-Ending Appeal of Atomic Adventure Tales
A firm believer in the educational potential of graphic art, Leonard Rifas once observed that “Comic books are not the inconsequential, harmless escapist fun that people assume . . .
Although no artistic medium—film, art, fiction, song, theater, sculpture, history, photography, or opera—can ever encompass the entirety of the story of atomic energy, for over seven . . .
Page Count: 192
Illustrations: 20 b/w photos
Publication Year: 2012
OCLC Number: 821725642
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