Tuesday, March 31, 2015
It Can Happen Here!
The mushroom cloud is the horrific symbol of the atomic age, a time we still live in despite a lack of concern which once dominated the culture. Always it is a symbol of power, and sometimes horror. Like many others in the early 80's I fretted about this stuff quite a bit, even subscribed to The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists for a time. (By the way it's currently three minutes to midnight if you want to know.) But then I learned to compartmentalize this stuff and got on with my life. It's a threat that hangs over all of us, but like so many such things (asteroids, taxes and twitter being examples) there's little we can do about it on our own.
The comic book covers below track the appearance of mushroom clouds over the course of the decades from the earliest to some of the most recent and some very limited extent document the shifting attitudes about atomic power.