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Pulp Empire: The Secret History of Comic Book Imperialism by Paul S. Hirsch (2021)

Pulp Empire: The Secret History of Comic Book Imperialism by Paul S. Hirsch (2021)

Comic books as media today would not raise much attention if they featured heavy use of violence or representations of vigilantes who take the law into their own hands. On the contrary, the media now is deeply absorbed into the popular canon of the US. “The comic book, whether in the form of a collectible […]

Urban Noir: New York and Los Angeles in Shadow and Light by James J. Ward and Cynthia J. Miller (eds.) (2017)

Urban Noir: New York and Los Angeles in Shadow and Light by James J. Ward and Cynthia J. Miller (eds.) (2017)

Both Los Angeles and New York City have been of particular interest to movie producers, especially to those who shot drama that was later called film noir. The authors want to dig deeper to unearth the reasons for those locations, since the ”… inescapable question, then, is: Why this animosity toward the two cities that, […]

Soundies Jukebox Films and the Shift to Small-Screen Culture by Andrea J. Kelley (2018)

Soundies Jukebox Films and the Shift to Small-Screen Culture by Andrea J. Kelley (2018)

During the 1940s about 1,850 “Soundies” were produced in the US, destined to be played on 5,000 special standalone film machines in circulation nationwide. Those 16mm short films with a musical content were presented in coin-operated movie jukeboxes that were known as “Panorams,” which could be found in consumer places or likely in any place  […]

War Noir: Raymond Chandler and the Hard-Boiled Detective as Veteran … by Sarah Trott (2016)

War Noir: Raymond Chandler and the Hard-Boiled Detective as Veteran … by Sarah Trott (2016)

Highly respected and valued by many fans of crime fiction and most likely America’s most distinguished crime writer ever, Raymond Chandler (1888-1959) together with Dashiell Hammett invented a new type of tough detective, independently of each other, they founded a style that later was described as “hard-boiled.” Many of their novels were turned into successful […]

Comic Books and the Cold War, 1946-1962… by Chris and Rafiel York (eds.) (2012)

Comic Books and the Cold War, 1946-1962… by Chris and Rafiel York (eds.) (2012)

The comic books of the post WWII years differ in many respects from their predecessors. For one reason, they (generally) invented new dangers, new villains and new challenges for the keepers of the peace, fighters for freedom and justice, aka the Superheroes and the Federal Agents, the T-Men, a moniker for government agents of the […]