Crime, Sex, and Violence

Examining the use of Crime, Sex, Violence, and Alcohol in pulp comics from the Golden Age of Comics (1940-1960)

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WHAT & WHY

How do Pulp Comics use interest exploitative subjects (Crime, Sex, Violence, Alcohol) to drive sales by creating interest in their comics? Single comic book pages are presented out of order ask if there is an exploitative subject on this page. The hypothesis is that Pulp Comics would use at least one every page to keep the reader intrigued until the end.

HOW

Identify if there is an element of Crime, Sex, Violence, or Alcohol on the page. Crime and Violence are fairly self-explanatory: anything pertaining to it whether in the act or planning to do it. Alcohol is whenever illegal substances are used. Sex pertains to anything that is romantically taboo, from kissing to blatant sexual activity (although the latter is unlikely for this era)

WHO

Alexander Habiby, History of the Experiment, Bard College

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ah8925@bard.edu