The Ten-Cent Plague (Compact Disc)

The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America

By David Hajdu, Stefan Rudnicki (Read by)

Blackstone Audiobooks, 9781433210280

Publication Date: March 25, 2008

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (2/3/2009)
Hardcover (3/18/2008)
MP3 CD (3/25/2008)
Compact Disc (3/25/2008)
Audio Cassette (3/1/2008)
Audio Cassette (3/1/2008)

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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.