Monday: Covers from the Hall Collection

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We were closed for MLK day, so I didn’t put up a blog about what would now be considered the very un-P.C. covers of books featuring African Americans as comic characters. The direction I had in mind had to do with the value of older fiction in reminding us of how mores, especially in the realm of the popular imagination, change. Plenty of pre-1940s popular fiction plays extensively on Americans’ fears of people with non-white skin. The Japanese and Chinese were frequently vilified, as in the above work.   Panther Eye has some interesting syntax–the omission of commas to accelerate the action, for example. And then there are the subliminally erotic (this is, after all, A Mystery Story for Boys) depictions of fur-lined trousers. In Snell’s mind, even the Inuit aren’t safe.

You can find more Covers from the Hall Collection here.

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Published in: on January 22, 2007 at 6:10 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. Bugs Bunny to Chinese man in old cartoon:

    “Shut up, slanty eyes!” (smack)

  2. [ok, the web site is bogus]

    Two quick observations: 1. the artist ripped off Disney’s devil in Night on Bald Mountain..not exactly ‘oriental’; 2. what the hell is “erotic”–subliminal or otherwise–about “fur-lined trousers”…?


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