Cold War Strategy
Brinkmanship: A policy that creates the impression that a government is willing to use any necessary
means, including using nuclear weapons, not to lose a war. Essentially, a game of political “chicken.”
MAD: Mutually Assured destruction. A military
-Nuclear war as an inevitable part of society. It might come at any moment, creating paranoia. Constant
preparedness, constant worry.
Propaganda- the idea of German spies where they would try to unravel America. Can not trust
Red- Culture of suspicion, the idea of communism infiltrating America. Communism became the
scapegoat to blame one who didn’t agree with the system. (those who wanted equality)
HUAC- Try ti catch fasists to ward off communists. Concerned with the entertainment industry.
Left leaners. “Have you ever been a communist?”
How do we define normal? Normal needs to be policed.
To keep children away from influcences that would corrupt them, and those that wanted to
challenge what happened with society. Outists.
Many younger children would read comics. Easy to share around, easy to read in the trenches.
This was a simplicit world, there are the good, and there is the bad,
There were many that believed that comic books were not a proper
In Canada, those comics that dealt with crime were banned. Ie. Batman
Believed that he ruined comics. He wanted to keep things tame, and under control. He had a
very prominent impact on comics.
He was one who tried to help those who were ostrasized in society. He wanted to help
He gave them real power, but blamed them for that power.
Demanded that comics clean themselves up.
He ended up creating the COMICS CODE. The code governed the content of comic books and
articulated guidelines in six specific areas.
General crime and violence, dialogue, relgiogion, costume, marriage and sex, advertising,
Oct 26 1954-2011
Massive effect on superheroes. Suddenly, superheroes have families, are normal, super women,
and they have girlfriends. They are like real people.
DC had horror lines, they did not promote normality.
They were now down to a single title. MAD MAGAZINE
They were no longer a comic, didn’t have to abide by the code.
First published in 1952 and edited by Harvey Kurtzman. This mocked the code.
“1954” Beautiful girl of the month Mad was designed to corrupt the mind of children. Set out to violate the code in as many ways
as it can.
The only thing that kept them going was mad.
MAD Cold war was mutually destructing normalities.
Weapons against/for revealing crazies.