Friday, August 31, 2007

Fletch This Godless Communism - Treasure Chest

Interesting that I found this soon after Lucyna posted on Marx below.
It's probably easier for me to quote Wiki here to tell you what it is -


"This Godless Communism" was an American comics feature that appeared in Treasure Chest, a biweekly, subscription-only comic book distributed in parochial schools from 1946 to 1972.

Designed to inform students of the then-prevalent Western-nation conception of Communism and the Soviet Union, the 10-chapter feature began in Treasure Chest vol. 17, #2 (Sept. 28, 1961), and continued appearing in every second issue until #20. It was drawn by artist Reed Crandall.

The series begins with a scenario of what the writers believed might occur should the United States fall to the Soviet Union. After this, the series took a historical approach, giving brief biographies of Karl Marx and Lenin, and depicting Joseph Stalin's rise to power. The series climaxed with an edition about the Russian people, as distinct from the Soviet government.

I thought it was an interesting historical look back in time. The introduction for the comic feature is even written by J Edgar Hoover!

Click HERE to go read it.





3 comment(s):

KG said...

Perhaps we need to distribute a reprint, Fletch?

I.M Fletcher said...

yeh, true.

It'd be interesting if a reporter or someone asked Helen Clark during the run-up to the next election, 'what is it about communism that attracts you so much? And why are you trying to bring it into New Zealand?'

Fergus said...

A reprint would be nice, you'd just have to find someone with as nebulous a character as Hoover's to endorse it though.
Classifying Clark as a communist probably isn't the best way to go if you want to be taken seriously.

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