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Wright, Bradford W. 1968-

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Most widely held works by Bradford W Wright
Comic book nation : the transformation of youth culture in America by Bradford W Wright( Book )

29 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,717 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As American as jazz or rock and roll, comic books have been central in the nation's popular culture since Superman's 1938 debut in Action Comics #1. Selling in the millions each year for decades, comic books have figured prominently in the childhoods of most Americans alive today. The author offers a history of the comic book industry within the context of twentieth-century American society. From Batman's Depression-era battles against corrupt local politicians and Captain America's one-man war against Nazi Germany to Iron Man's Cold War exploits in Vietnam and Spider-Man's confrontations with student protestors and drug use in the early 1970s, comic books have continually reflected the national mood, as Wright's imaginative reading of thousands of titles from the 1930s to the 1980s makes clear. In every genre--superhero, war, romance, crime, and horror comic books--Wright finds that writers and illustrators used the medium to address a variety of serious issues, including racism, economic injustice, fascism, the threat of nuclear war, drug abuse, and teenage alienation. At the same time, xenophobic wartime series proved that comic books could be as reactionary as any medium. Wright's lively study also focuses on the role comic books played in transforming children and adolescents into consumers; the industry's ingenious efforts to market their products to legions of young but savvy fans; the efforts of parents, politicians, religious organizations, civic groups, and child psychologists like Dr. Fredric Wertham (whose 1954 book "Seduction of the Innocent, " a salacious expose of the medium's violence and sexual content, led to U.S. Senate hearings) to link juvenile delinquency to comic books and impose censorship on the industry; and the changing economics of comic book publishing over the course of the century. "Comic Book Nation" is at once a serious study of popular culture and an entertaining look at an enduring American art form. -- Publisher description
Superheroes : a never-ending battle( Visual )

4 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 792 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the dawn of the comic book genre and its progenitors, as well as the evolution of the characters that leapt from the pages over the last 70 years and their ongoing worldwide cultural impact. It chronicles how these 'disposable diversions' were subject to intense government scrutiny for their influence on American children and how they were created in large part by immigrants whose fierce loyalty to a new homeland laid the foundation of a multi-billion-dollar industry
Comic book superheroes unmasked by James Grant Goldin( Visual )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From the Depression to Vietnam, the '50s feminist movement to 9/11, comics have kept pace with their cultural climate, offering cutting-edge critiques that have captivated millions since their inception in 1931. In fact, comics have undergone a process similar to their own plots: they continually reinvent themselves in order to avoid annihilation. [This program] conducts a feature-length investigation into the evolution of these mighty figures, from the first issue of Superman to the political manifestoes of the late '60s to the most recent graphic novels. Interviews with Michael Chabon, Will Eisner, and myriad authors, artists, and experts illuminate the production and reception of comics while highlighting their brilliance as social commentaries."--Container
Superheroes : the epic history( Visual )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Superheroes, a never-ending battle: Examines the dawn of the comic book genre and its progenitors, as well as the evolution of the characters that leapt from the pages over the last 70 years and their ongoing worldwide cultural impact. It chronicles how these 'disposable diversions' were subject to intense government scrutiny for their influence on American children and how they were created in large part by immigrants whose fierce loyalty to a new homeland laid the foundation of a multi-billion-dollar industry
The American comic book : a cultural history by Bradford W Wright( )

4 editions published between 1998 and 2000 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Vietnam War and comic books by Bradford W Wright( )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Controlled fragmentation tests against aircraft( Book )

1 edition published in 1947 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The German chancellor under the Imperial, Weimar, and West German Constitutions by Bradford W Wright( )

1 edition published in 1952 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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Comic book nation : the transformation of youth culture in America
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Wright, Bradford Walker 1968-

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