AUTHORSzasz, Ferenc Morton
TITLEAtomic Comics: Cartoonists Confront the Nuclear World
PUBLISHERUniversity of Nevada Press

This book explores the role of cartoonists in reflecting and shaping American perceptions of the nuclear age, from the early twentieth century to the present (2012). The author shows how comic books, comic strips, and editorial cartoons were able to simplify the complex subject of nuclear energy for the public as well as channel public perceptions of atomic energy and nuclear weapons. The book is organized chronologically in three sections: "Before Hiroshima (the first half of the twentieth century); "The Initial Reaction" (1945 to the early 1960s); and "Atomic Comics Change Direction" (the mid-1960s to the present day). The author notes two themes common among cartoonists who treat atomic subjects: an ambiguous response to nuclear energy and the sense that the use of nuclear weapons must be prevented. Several cartoon illustrations are included as well as extensive footnotes and a comprehensive bibliography.

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