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By Ferenc Morton Szasz

ISBN-10: 0874178746

ISBN-13: 9780874178746

The introduction of the Atomic Age challenged purveyors of pop culture to give an explanation for to most of the people the advanced clinical and social problems with atomic energy. Atomic Comics examines how comedian books, comedian strips, and different comic strip media represented the Atomic Age from the early Nineteen Twenties to the current. in the course of the exploits of superhero figures reminiscent of Atomic guy and Spiderman, in addition to an array of nuclear adversaries and atomic-themed adventures, the general public obtained a brand new clinical vocabulary and came across the most important controversies surrounding nuclear technology. Ferenc Morton Szasz’s considerate research of the subjects, content material, and imagery of rankings of comics that seemed principally within the usa and Japan deals a desirable viewpoint at the approach pop culture formed American comprehension of the fissioned atom for greater than 3 generations.

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In August 1928, the relatively obscure writer Philip F. ” in the science-fiction pulp monthly Amazing Stories, which introduced the adventures of “Anthony Rogers” to American audiences. ” He also urged the author to pen a sequel. Nowlan did, indeed, pen a sequel, “The Airlords of Han,” which Gernsback published in the March 1929 Amazing Stories. D. began as a syndicated newspaper feature, the nation’s first daily scientific adventure comic strip. The appeal was such that a Sunday color feature—with a separate story line—began in March 1930.

The bomb changed warfare forever, said one newspaper. There could be no defense against it. A Brooklyn taxi driver prayed that the discovery not fall into the wrong hands. Our government should forever keep the secret, said an enlisted man. The People’s Lobby Inc. called for a ban on any further use. Many observers compared the suffering caused by the bomb to the Nazi concentration camps. But all was not despair. ) predicted that cheap power lay right around the corner. A Wyoming senator argued that any such power would surely have countless peaceful uses.

Flash Gordon made his newspaper debut on Sunday, January 7, 1934, with a daily following shortly thereafter, all under the talented pen of Alex Raymond. The borrowing from Buck Rogers was obvious. The hero had a girlfriend, Dale Arden, as well c o m i c s t r i p s c o n f r o n t t h e s u b a t o m i c w o r l d â•… ^â•… 19 as a scientific companion, Dr. Hans Zarkov. To save the world from a stray planet hurdling toward earth, the intrepid trio leap into Dr. Zarkov’s rocket ship, and, after deflecting the errant planet’s course, crashland on a new planet, Mongo.

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