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NUKE 'EM! Classic Cold War Comics Celebrating The End of The World

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NUKE 'EM! Classic Cold War Comics Celebrating The End of The World

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Collects Atomic War! #1-4 & World War III #1-2,1952-53. Recommended. Art by Ken Rice, Lou Cameron et al. Comic books of the fifties played on the fear of atomic war and World War III. This new historic reprint looks back at those good ole days! This volume reprints the complete runs of Atomic War! (Ace, 1952-53) and World War III (also from Ace, 1953) and can be read as great action/adventure stories, classic “war” comics or as an eerie, unanticipated commentary on today’s tribulations. Lou Cameron's fine artwork is featured in almost every issue. These scarce comics guide at well over $1000 in even low grade.

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Comic books of the fifties played on the fear of atomic war and World War III. This new historic reprint looks back at those good ole days! This volume reprints the complete runs of Atomic War! (Ace, 1952-53) and World War III (also from Ace, 1953) and can be read as great action/adventure stories, classic “war” comics or as an eerie, unanticipated commentary on today’s tribulations. Lou Cameron's fine artwork is featured in almost every issue. These scarce comics guide at well over $1000 in even low grade.

Stories include "Sneak Attack", "Berlin Powder Keg", "Counterattack", "Operation Vengeance", "Mission Demolition", "Arctic Assault", "Old-Timers Die Hard", "World War III Unleashed", "Operation Comeback", "Last Stand for the Secret Missile", etc.

Back in the 1950s during the “Cold War,” every new day hinted at 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.

"Paranoia and Prognosication of Doom" is the title of Arne R. Flaten's introduction. He discusses the comics collected here, but also how other comics as early as 1946 were featuring mushroom clouds and atomic scares. Action Comics #101, Atoman #1, both from 1946, Weird Science #18 in 1953, and even Showcase #23, the Green Lantern tryout issue, addressed the bomb.

Addressing the comics reprinted here, Flaten says "Part of the unsettling subtext to these books and others like them is their evident ignorance of or indifference to the devastating effects of nuclear radiation. Atomic explosions are little more than larger iterations of traditional explosions. Men run around firing atomic rifles and throwing nuclear grenades while surrounded by rampant nuclear artillery shelling and atomic Howitzers".

World War III #2 and Atomic War #4 are both mentioned and pictured in the notorious Parade of Pleasure, the early 1950s muck-raking book that took on the same subjects as Wertham's Seduction of the Innocent.

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Item Code NUKH
Publisher Hermes Press
Publish Date 2019
ISBN 9781613451632
Binding Hard Cover
Dimensions 8x10
# Pages 192pg
Color Full Color
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