Printing terror

American horror comics as Cold War commentary and critique

By Michael Goodrum and Philip Smith

Printing terror


  • Hardcover

Book Information

  • Format: eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-3594-0
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Published Date: January 2021
  • BIC Category: LITERARY CRITICISM / Horror & Supernatural, HISTORY / Military / General, LITERARY CRITICISM / Comics & Graphic Novels, Literature & literary studies / Literature: history & criticism, The Cold War, Graphic Novels: History & Criticism


Printing Terror places horror comics of the Cold War in dialogue with the anxieties of their age. It rejects the narrative of horror comics as inherently, and necessarily, subversive and explores, instead, the ways in which these texts manifest white male fears over America's changing sociological landscape. It examines two eras: the pre-CCA period of the 1940s up to 1954, and the post-CCA era to 1975. The book examines each of these periods through the lenses of war, gender, and race, demonstrating that horror comics at this time were centered on white male victimhood and the monstrosity of the gendered and/or racialised other. It is of interest to scholars of horror, comics studies, and American history.

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