In the years between World War II and the emergence of television as a mass medium, American popular culture as we know it was first created in the bold, pulpy pages of comic books. The Ten-Cent Plague explores this cultural emergence and its fierce backlash while challenging common notions of the divide between “high” and “low” art.
David Hajdu reveals how comics, years before the rock-and-roll revolution, brought on a clash between postwar children and their prewar parents. Created by outsiders from the tenements, garish, shameless, and often shocking, comics became the targets of a raging generational culture divide. They were burned in public bonfires, outlawed in certain cities, and nearly destroyed by a series of televised Congressional hearings. Yet their creativity, irreverence, and suspicion of authority would have a lasting influence.
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Excellent info on how comics nearly were snuffed out by ignorant prudes and misguided buffoons. Hadju makes it all so interesting as he takes us through this pivotal time for the comic book medium.
Made me want to cry.
This was a great book. It made me realize how much people's lives were ruined in the scare. I highly reccommend this.