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Books, Radioactive Spiders, and Knowledge as a Superpower

I know a lot of HASTAC scholars and other bloggers here have a personal or academic affinity for comic books, so I wanted to post this here. It's a PSA page from a comic book in the 1960s, promoting books and reading.

What I find really fascinating here is the way in which libraries are cast as the source of a sort of everyday version of the masculine omnipotence so central to most comic book narratives from the period. Books take the place of, say, a radioactive spider, or alien birth--and knowledge is thereby recast as an accessible, but nonetheless potent, superpower.

[re-posted from my other blog, bookmobility.]


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