The Ten-cent Plague

The Ten-cent Plague

The Great Comic-book Scare and How It Changed America

Downloadable Audiobook - 2008
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Examines the influence of comic books on the evolution of American popular culture in the years between World War II and the emergence of television, focusing on the battle against comic books by church groups, community elite, and a right-wing Congress.
Published: [Ashland, Or.] : Blackstone Audio, Inc., 2008.
ISBN: 9781433242182
1433242184
Branch Call Number: OVERDRIVE DOWNLOADABLE AUDIO
Additional Contributors: Rudnicki, Stefan 1945-

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shanewhite
Dec 13, 2017

Good, but clearly the director and narrator were unsure of how to pronounce several of the characters the writer describes, as well as a few creator's names.

If you like this, you'll probably like MEN OF TOMORROW even better.

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Ubalstecha
Jan 02, 2010

This is an outstanding look at the Comics Scare of the 1950s. Author David Hadju explores the hysteria that surround the belief than comics were corrupting the youth of America.

Comics were scapegoated for changes that the adults perceived in society, especially in children. Radical methods were used to try and curb the industry, legislation, senate hearings, even book burnings. I couldn't help but be reminded of Tipper Gore's attacking of heavy metal music in the eighties and Jack Thompson's ongoing crusade against video games.

Perhaps the best part of this book are the interviews. Hadju is able to track down people who worked in the industry during its hayday. Their words tell of an industry that was aimed at more than just adolescent boys. It was also one that employed women in creative rolls at a time when their options were limited.

I listened to this as an audio book and found it easy to follow and very compelling.

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