New release: The climate of the Cold War in the early 1950s was defined by an ever-growing fear of the bomb. Those old Duck and Cover cartoons might seem quaintly naive today, but the era was gripped by paranoia of annihilation. Spy stories at the time often focused on counter-espionage and protecting secrets from foreign powers- a theme not too remote even today. Hermes Press will publish a collection of very rare Cold War comics this fall in a book called Nuke 'Em: Classic Cold War Comics Celebrating the End of the World. From the press release: "Back in the 1950s during the “Cold War” every new day beckoned the possibility of the end of the world. Kids grew up in the shadow of bomb shelters and were treated to daily lessons at school on what to do in the event of a nuclear attack. Americans were besieged by constant reminders to police our borders, to carefully watch out for “foreigners” who might be spies, and to be ever vigilant in preparing to combat the “red” menace of communism. Comic books of this era played on these fears with stories of atomic war and world war III. This new historic reprint looks back at those good ole days, which can be viewed in the perspective of today’s political climate. This volume reprints the complete runs of Atomic War! and World War III and can be read merely as great action/adventure stories, classic “war” comics or as an eerie, unanticipated commentary on today’s tribulations. Deluxe hardcover with printed laminated cover; historical essay and documentary materials; reprints the complete run of Atomic War! #1-4 (November, 1952-April, 1953) and the complete run of World War III #1-2 (March, 1952 and May, 1953)." More info at Hermes and Amazon. Check out my latest episodes on Cocktail Nation radio. Related posts: Cold War Comic Strips, Mort Walker Celebration, Mid-Century Modern Schulz, Beetle Bailey in Berlin, Mort Walker's James Bomb, Comics Week: Archie, Cold War Archie, Archie: Man From Riverdale, Cold War Materials, Atomic Art, Spyman, Jimmy Olson: Agent Double 5, 1966 PEP Spies, Comic Books and the Cold War, UNCLE School, German UNCLE, Danger Man Comics, Danger Man Comics 2, Agente Secreto.
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