By Ferenc Morton Szasz
The creation of the Atomic Age challenged purveyors of pop culture to provide an explanation for to most people the advanced medical and social problems with atomic energy. Atomic Comics examines how comedian books, comedian strips, and different sketch media represented the Atomic Age from the early Nineteen Twenties to the current. throughout the exploits of superhero figures corresponding to Atomic guy and Spiderman, in addition to an array of nuclear adversaries and atomic-themed adventures, the general public bought a brand new medical vocabulary and stumbled on the key controversies surrounding nuclear technological know-how. Ferenc Morton Szasz’s considerate research of the topics, content material, and imagery of ratings of comics that seemed principally within the usa and Japan bargains a desirable viewpoint at the means pop culture formed American comprehension of the fissioned atom for greater than 3 generations.
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The Buck Rogers phenomena helped shape the dreams of countless American children. Famed chemist George Cowan, who grew up in central Massachusetts, later recalled the impact of Buck Rogers on his youth. “Buck Rogers first appeared in the comics when I was ten. He was an immediate hit. I became an organizer of space flights on a front-porch rocket ship manned by a pickup crew of young neighbors. Although the notion of flying in space had already been introduced by H. G. Wells, Jules Verne, Goddard, and others, our big hero was Buck Rogers.
National Comics’ Uncle Sam smashed “The invading legions of a mad dictator” in January 1941. Lev Gleason’s classic cover for Daredevil Battles Hitler, which depicted the Fuhrer receiving a punch in the jaw, appeared in July 1941. DC’s All Star Comics of the same period proclaimed the motto “For America and Democracy,” and the Justice Society of America (a league of DC superheroes, such as Green Lantern, the Flash, Spectre, and the Atom) raised funds for “War Orphans” in November 1941. From the first issue of Timely Comics in spring 1941, Sub-Mariner battled Nazi foes, as did countless other costumed heroes.
Both before and during the war, the popular culture of the era had produced scores of atomic-related stories in science-fiction magazines, comic books, and newspaper comic strips, and a number of these tales set forth the parameters of atomic power with uncanny precision. At their height of popularity in the Depression decade, the pulp magazines created an enormous market for short stories, and the cadre of science-fiction pulps developed a loyal readership that staged the first annual fan conventions.
Atomic Comics: Cartoonists Confront the Nuclear World by Ferenc Morton Szasz