Date: 01 Dec 2004

Jim wrote:

"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."

And don't forget the UFO scares (there was a great '90s comic book about them -- Silent Invasion). As for more earthbound worries, there were flouridation, juvenile delinquency and rock 'n' roll -- as incorporated as it now is, it was the soundtrack to what many thought were terrible cultural trends (in Deliberate Speed, WT Lhamon makes a pretty convincing case that all of the cultural changes associated with/blamed on the '60s actually began in the '50s). Spillane is interesting for being so reactionary in his views about the threatening changes while profiting from the new explicitness that those changes opened the way for.


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