Virtual Date With History: Comics and Conflict
Virtual Presentation at 7 pm CST, Thursday, June 11
Date With History: Comics and Conflict: Patriotism and Propaganda from WWII through Operation Iraqi Freedom
Comics are often associated with children, but more importantly they appeal to adults. From the time of World War I, through today, comic characters can often appeal to the military reader as well. Abian Wallgren drew a weekly strip for Stars and Stripes in WWI, Alban Butler recounted his experiences with the Big Red One in Happy Days; and Bill Mauldin told the stories of World War II. This discussion will show how both civilian minded comics like Captain America, as well as Mauldin and others told the stories of the American soldier in the conflicts of the 20th century.
Meet the Author: Cord A. Scott has a Doctorate in American History from Loyola University Chicago and currently serves as a Professor of history for the University of Maryland, Global Campus for Asia. He is the author of Comics and Conflict, as well as Four Colour Combat. He has written for several encyclopedias, academic journals such as the International Journal of Comic Art, the Journal of Popular Culture, the Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society, and in several books on aspects of cultural history. His most recent work is on USMC cartoons in the World War I version of Stars and Stripes. He resides at Osan, South Korea.
This event is part of the First Division Museum’s popular series, A Date with History. The monthly programs feature an evening of lively discussion with authors, panelists, historians, and special speakers.