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Geoffrey Wagner

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I do not personally believe that the hollow, self-gratulatory note of the Superman comic means that the USA has a bad conscience; rather I think it may suggest that the publishers of the stuff cannot help but be a little queasy in their consciences at the dilapidation of taste they are so systematically perpetrating. War-mongering? I wouldn't know. But I have found in the Superman ethic undeniable signs of that philosophy I best describe to myself as Jim Crow While U Wait. (p. 86)

Geoffrey Wagner, "Comics: The Curse of the Kids," in his Parade of Pleasure: A Study of Popular Iconography in the USA, Derek Verschoyle, 1954, pp. 71-114.∗

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