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Friday Nite Videos | September 9, 2022

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The Boys: Season 3

The Boys learn of a mysterious anti-Supe weapon, and it sends them crashing into The Seven, starting a war, and chasing the legend of the first Superhero: Soldier Boy.

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Comic Books as Propaganda

Hank Kennedy New Politics
The author is strongest when he deals with the government’s direct attempts to influence public opinion through comics either through the Writers’ War Board (WWB) of World War II or the creation of propaganda comics during the early Cold War.

Lev Gleason: Crime Comics’ Communist Czar

Hank Kennedy Cosmonaut Magazine
In 'Daredevil Battles Hitler!' the comic hero's politics were on display. Hank Kennedy recounts the life and work of U.S. left-wing comics publisher Levrett Stone Gleason.

Can Ms. Marvel Change the Image of Islam in America?

Juan Cole Informed Comment
In the first episode of this tv series, the 16-year-old Pakistani-American superhero despairs of being allowed to go to a comic book convention, saying, “Anyway, it is not as if the brown girls are the ones who save the world.” Obviously, the point of this series is to disprove this defeatist point of view.

The Vigilante World of Comic Books

Scott Bradfield The New Republic
A sweeping new history of American comics traces the rise of characters caught in a Manichaean struggle between good and evil.

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Golden Age Superheroes Were Shaped By the Rise of Fascism

Art Spiegelman The Guardian
When Art Spiegelman wrote the introduction (below) to a collection of vintage Marvel super-heroes, a passing negative reference to Trump was enough for the publishers to jettison the quality introduction.
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