Superhero Films, Comics, and Cartoons and Their American Significance During the Second World War and the Cold War
This is an 8 page paper discussing the emergence and significance of the superhero comics, cartoons and films in the United States in World War II and the Cold War. Within the United States, superhero cartoons, comics and films shifted dramatically in both themes and popularity in World War II and again during the Cold War with the Soviet Union. Suddenly, when it became obvious that the United States was becoming involved in the Pacific and Atlantic conflicts in World War II, superheroes who bestowed patriotic American virtues were used as propaganda in the war against the Japanese and the Nazis. Superheroes such as Superman and Captain America appeared on the battlefields with equally heroic super soldiers. The comics and cartoons supporting the American war effort were reinforced within the daily newspapers, cartoons, comics and films. After the war, comics which highlighted horrific and terrifying crime images were quickly shut down by the U.S. Senate Committee interested in maintaining American virtues and not corrupting American youth. During the 1950s and the 1960s, the Cold War and the threat of nuclear war increased and superheroes took on superpowers which allowed them to combat the “Red Threat” but remained out of the war zones due to the unpopular conflict in Vietnam. Regardless of the era, superheroes depicted in cartoons, comics and films have tried to reinforce the traditional American virtues and have remained increasingly popular using this format and have also remained important and significant on their influence and impact on the American public.
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