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1 Dorfman, Ariel, and Armand Mattelart (translated by David Kunzle) How to Read Donald Duck: Imperialist Ideology in the Disney Comic
New York International General (I.G. Editions, Inc.) 1975 1st English-language edition Softcover Very Good+ 
[minor edgewear and a bit of fingertip-creasing to cover, light soiling to rear cover]. Trade PB (B&W comic book reproductions) The classic Marxist interpretation of the comic books put out worldwide under the Disney brand, with a particular focus on the money-grubbing adventures of Uncle Scrooge, "the World's Richest Duck." Originally published in Chile in 1971, it was "banned and burned" as soon as the government of Salvador Allende was toppled in 1973. A randomly-sampled couple of observations from the text: (1) "The world of Disney is a nineteenth century orphanage. With this difference: there is no outside, and the orphans have nowhere to flee to." (2) "Mr. Disney, we are returning your Duck. Feathers plucked and well-roasted. Look inside, you can see the handwriting on the wall, our hand still writing on the wall: Donald, Go Home!" (There's something like this on every page.) The translator, art historian David Kunzle, has contributed a long and erudite (and resolutely critical of Walt Disney) introduction to the English edition. 
Price: 60.00 USD
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2 Dorfman, Ariel The Empire's Old Clothes: What the Lone Ranger, Babar, and Other Innocent Heroes Do to Our Minds
New York Pantheon Books (c.1983) 0-394-71486-5 / 9780394714868 First Edition Softcover Very Good+ Illustrated by (cover) Jeffrey J. Smith 
[short diagonal crease at top right-hand corner of front cover, otherwise just light handling wear; text is clean, binding solid]. Trade PB The author "explores the hidden political and social messages behind the smiling faces" that populate comic books and other forms of popular literature, and in doing so "provides a stunning map to the secret world inside the most successful cultural symbols of our time." This is "a book that will appeal to those who want to understand the connection between politics and culture, between Ronald Reagan and Mickey Mouse, between economic theories of development and children's literature. It is for those who are fascinated by the mass media, for parents and teachers who are worried about what their children are watching and reading, for anyone who wants to understand the way ideas are produced and manipulated in the twentieth century." (You remember the twentieth century. It was fun, wasn't it?) 
Price: 12.00 USD
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