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Friday, March 1, 2013

Comics as Propaganda

On reason.com, (link via Hot Air), I enjoyed an essay about comic books published over the years by the federal and state governments to convey the government's agenda.  There are some seriously weird examples, including one about the risk of Dagwood Bumstead going postal in the workplace, and how  Blondie responds to it. (Likely only to aggravate the problem, in my estimation).

It reminded me of a remarkable book I read in Spanish classes at Columbia back in the 1970;s, "Para Leer al Pato Donald" (How to Read Donald Duck), which detailed the pro-capitalism message contained in Disney comics made for the Latin American market.