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Comic Books from the Atomic Age

Using comic books to explore the issues and history of nuclear power

power-for-progress POWER FOR PROGRESS: This comic book from 1971 extols the benefits of nuclear power. Image: Courtesy of Ethan Persoff http://www.ep.tc

The Atomic Age kicked off with a bang on July 16, 1945, with the detonation of a test uranium fission bomb at the Alamogordo Test Range in the New Mexico desert, during what's known as the "Golden Age" of comic books and strips. So although it may seem odd in the 21st century to read about nuclear power in the funny pages, it was perhaps inevitable during an age when both were still nascent curiosities.

Following are two examples of early comic book artistry being used to explore and explain everything from atomic fission to using said fission to produce electricity. Courtesy of Ethan Persoff at http://www.ep.tc

Slide Show: Power for Progress

Slide Show: The Atomic Future


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  1. 1. ClarkeS 06:09 AM 1/28/09

    Was the test not of the plutonium device?

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