Winning the Battle/Losing the War: Cultural Nostalgia and the "True Crime" Comic Genre

Jarret S. Lovell, California State University Fullerton

In recent years, there has been a resurgence of the "true-crime" comic genre available on the mass market. Yet, what is surprising about this re-emergence is the popularity of 1940s justice in the contemporary political and social climate. In a culture saturated by modern tales of reality crime, why the resurgence of war-era law and order? Using Fredric Jameson's (1999) theory of the nostalgic mode of contemporary society, this article provides a cultural account for the recent republication of 1940s era "true crime" comic books, examining the ideological role of war-era justice in a contemporary social setting.

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