Monday, April 13, 2009

Fora TV: The Ten-Cent Plague -- The Great Comic-Book Scare with author David Hajdu

The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare with author David Hajdu.
Fora TV

Long before Elvis appeared on Ed Sullivan from the waist up, long before Jerry Lee Lewis married his cousin, long before James Dean yelled "you're tearing me apart," teachers, politicians, priests and parents were lining up across from comic book publishers, writers, artists, and children at bonfires and Senate hearings decrying the evil that was The Ten-Cent Plague.

In what is the third in an informal trilogy about American popular culture at mid-century, Hajdu (Lush Life, Positively Fourth Street) radically revises common notions of popular culture, the generation gap, and the divide between "high" and "low" art.

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