‘Government Issue’ Book Review

Editor's Picks
on December 11, 2011

Government Issue: Comics for the People, 1940s-2000s
By Richard L. Graham
Softcover, 304 pages ($32.95)

For more than 60 years, government agencies have published comics to get the word out about a spectrum of public-service information. In this delightful collection, pop culture and Uncle Sam cozy up together for messages on disaster preparedness, proper nutrition, money management, the hazards of electricity, the usefulness of ZIP codes, the importance of seat belts and oodles of other useful, important, once-upon-a-time vital topics, sometimes with the help of such familiar pen-and-ink characters as Dennis the Menace, Captain America, Supergirl and Dagwood and Blondie.

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