25 in 12: The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic Book Scare and How It Changed America by David Hadju


I should have filed six posts by now in my 25 in 12 series, but I’m still a bit behind. Thought not as much as it seems. I finished this book a couple weeks ago for a review I wrote for Time Out Chicago, which you can find here. Since then I’ve been finishing two other books and starting another.

One additional thing I will say about The Ten-Cent Plague that I didn’t have space for in my review is that it ends rather suddenly. I would have preferred that Hadju delve into the history of pop culture in the 1960s and beyond, and how what happened with comics replayed itself over the years. But he had a particular story to tell about the medium’s birth and first near-death, and told it well. Plus, I admire the respect he has for the reader in assuming that the person who picks up the book is wise enough to know how those events unfolded for him or herself.

And finally, this year’s going to feature lots of comic-book-related material in my book selections. There’s clearly no getting around that.

2 comments for “25 in 12: The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic Book Scare and How It Changed America by David Hadju

  1. Sara
    April 16, 2008 at 11:44 am

    nothing to say about your book, but I also have watched the entire dean martin infomercial – more than once – and really contemplated ordering it!!

  2. April 16, 2008 at 12:40 pm

    YES!

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