‘This isn’t a dream! This is really happening!’ – gender in the 1960s and 1970s
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While white men had become available as a source of horror in comics of the 1970s there was no corresponding access to victimhood for women or people of colour. As this chapter demonstrates, despite absorbing some of the rhetoric of the feminist movement, the majority of horror comics continued to present women as sources of horror and titillation. The comic Vampirella, with a scantily clad horror hostess who flirts with readers and featured a series of misogynistic storylines, exemplifies the genre at the time.

Printing terror

American horror comics as Cold War commentary and critique


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