The Cigarette, The Batman, and The Youth: a History of Tobacco Regulations and Comic Books – Part III: Smoking Depiction Regulations and Anti-Smoking Messages

Campaigns against smoking depictions in comic books did not gain traction until the 1980s. The most significant was T. Casey Brennan’s campaign, which began by 1981. The first part of this post discusses T. Casey Brennan’s 1980s campaign against smoking depictions in comic books. The second part explores Marvel Comics’ and DC Comics’ anti-smoking efforts and regulations. … More The Cigarette, The Batman, and The Youth: a History of Tobacco Regulations and Comic Books – Part III: Smoking Depiction Regulations and Anti-Smoking Messages

Mr. Susan’s Worldview in V for Vendetta: A Fear of Counterhegemony

This is the first in a series of posts about V for Vendetta. This series will examine the interplay between security and liberty in Alan Moore’s graphic novel. In this post, we will do a close-reading to tease out V for Vendetta‘s discourse on hegemony and Mr. Susan’s worldview. The next post will look at how … More Mr. Susan’s Worldview in V for Vendetta: A Fear of Counterhegemony

The Cigarette, The Batman, and The Youth: a History of Tobacco Regulations and Comic Books – Part II: Breaking the Codes

There are four notable exceptions to comic book publishers and cigarette manufacturers abiding by the tobacco advertisement ban in comic books. First, in 1991, National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) promotional comic books mentioned the Winston cigarette brand numerous times in relation to the Winston Cup Series.[1] New Image and MMI & Vortex … More The Cigarette, The Batman, and The Youth: a History of Tobacco Regulations and Comic Books – Part II: Breaking the Codes