Duck and Cover – Government Created Comics

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The United States Government isn’t a stranger to using media to educate the public whether it’s through modern new media such as videos or blogs, or in the past posters and even comic books.

According to the book The Ten-Cent Plague by David Hadju, J. Edgar Hoover plotted out comic books to help sway public opinion about crime.  Some people might refer to these works as educational pieces, others might call them propaganda.

The University of Nebraska at Lincoln has a large collection of these interesting bits of history and have digitized them for public consumption.  You can visit their website, UNL Libraries Digital Collections: Government Comics Collection, to check out 183 different examples of these nuggets of history.

Expect a review of all 183 pieces on their website with some historical context starting in the next few weeks.