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Author Whitted, Qiana J., 1974- author.

Title EC Comics : race, shock, and social protest / Qiana Whitted.

Publication Info. New Brunswick, New Jersey : Rutgers University Press, [2019]


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Description 1 online resource (xii, 181 pages) : illustrations (some color).
Series Comics culture
Comics culture.
Note Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on June 20, 2019).
Contents Frontmatter -- Contents -- Preface -- Introduction: The Preachies -- Chapter One. "Spelled Out Carefully in the Captions": How to Read an EC Magazine -- Chapter Two. "We Pictured Him So Different, Joey!": Optical Illusions of Blackness and Embodiment in EC -- Chapter Three. "Oh God ... Sob! ... What Have I Done ...?": Shame, Mob Rule, and the Affective Realities of EC Justice -- Chapter four. "Battling, in the Sea of Comics": EC's Invisible Man and the Jim Crow Future of "Judgment Day!" -- Conclusion. "Hence We See Justice Triumph!" -- Appendix: Annotations of Key EC Titles -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index -- About the authors
Summary Entertaining Comics Group (EC Comics) is perhaps best-known today for lurid horror comics like Tales from the Crypt and for a publication that long outlived the company's other titles, Mad magazine. But during its heyday in the early 1950s, EC was also an early innovator in another genre of comics: the so-called "preachies," socially conscious stories that boldly challenged the conservatism and conformity of Eisenhower-era America. EC Comics examines a selection of these works--sensationally-titled comics such as "Hate!," "The Guilty!," and "Judgment Day!"--And explores how they grappled with the civil rights struggle, antisemitism, and other forms of prejudice in America. Putting these socially aware stories into conversation with EC's better-known horror stories, Qiana Whitted discovers surprising similarities between their narrative, aesthetic, and marketing strategies. She also recounts the controversy that these stories inspired and the central role they played in congressional hearings about offensive content in comics. The first serious critical study of EC's social issues comics, this book will give readers a greater appreciation of their legacy. They not only served to inspire future comics creators, but also introduced a generation of young readers to provocative ideas and progressive ideals that pointed the way to a better America.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subject EC Comics -- History.
EC Comics. (OCoLC)fst01781170
University of South Alabama.
Comic books, strips, etc. -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Literature and society -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Social problems in literature.
ART -- Techniques -- Drawing.
Comic books, strips, etc. -- Moral and ethical aspects. (OCoLC)fst00869162
Literature and society. (OCoLC)fst01000096
Social problems in literature. (OCoLC)fst01122806
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Gesellschaftliches Bewusstsein.
Chronological Term 1900-1999
Genre/Form Electronic books.
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Other Form: Print version: Whitted, Qiana J., 1974- EC Comics. New Brunswick, New Jersey : Rutgers University Press, [2019] (DLC) 2018022093
ISBN 9780813566337 (electronic book)
9780813573106 (electronic book)
0813573106 (electronic book)
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