From: James R. Winter (
Date: 01 Dec 2004

--- In, "Jacques Debierue"
<matrxtech@y...> wrote:

> Could you elaborate on this comment on the fifties?

Sure. The fifties in the US were a time of paranoia, largely due to the Cold War and the Red Scare. Some of this was well-founded, like the threat of terrorism today. And like today's terrorism scare, it generated a lot of hysteria and anger, a lot of times unfocused. Mike Hammer fit those times perfectly, acting out a national urge to just haul off and club the source of all everyone's problems. Nowehre is this more obvious (or the source of the anger and paranoia more blatant) than in ONE LONELY NIGHT, where Hammer simply takes out a town full of Commies, enjoying every bloody moment of it.

Now I could say the same about Race Williams, but Race is a product of the Jazz Age. Then again, it was also the Prohibition Era, and with gang violence escalating (or perceived to be. It was more spectacular than prevalent.), Race was a vigilante for his times.

Jim Winter

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