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The Great Comic-Book Scare

Superman, Batman, Plastic Man and Wonder Woman scared the U.S. government during the early culture wars of 1950!

“The panic over comic books falls somewhere between the Red Scare and the frenzy over UFO sightings among the pathologies of postwar America,” says author David Hajdu, who also has written books about Bob Dylan (Positively 4th Street) and Duke Ellington collaborator Billy Strayhorn (Lush Life). Ten-Cent Plague, an angry, detailed inquiry into early culture wars, covers the early ’50s, a superficially placid, distant time some view as a golden age.

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