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Atomic War #1 (November 1952):  More apocalypse per square inch than the competitor’s exploitive nuclear war comic!

Recommended listening:  Subhumans – All Gone Dead (from The Day the Country Died, 1983)

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I had to pick one song that perfectly captures the essence of early 1980s apocalyptic dread, I’d go with the above selection. No subtlety or sentimentality or nuance here, just a venomous eulogy set to a maelstrom of descending riffs.

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3 Responses to “Nur ein grosses Leichenfest”

  1. Kincsem1874

    I appreciate your reminders of the darkness and subliminal terror of the Reagan years. It’s strange now to recall how much fear there was in the early 1980s. We all knew and had studied the 1950s atomic scares, and thought we had a better grasp of the concept. All the same, in the midst “Soviet Studies” during college I had one of the most terrifying dreams of my life, of nuclear war — with 22% of the world’s population expected to survive. I was so frightened I crawled (platonically) into bed with my male roommate. “Morning in America” indeed.

  2. Professor Matthew

    When I started college I originally intended to minor in Russian Studies due to the fact that I felt it made me more “marketable” in such a political climate.

    I was undone by my inability to learn more than the most basic elements of the Russian language.

    And then the Berlin Wall fell.

  3. bitterandrew

    I’ve mentioned this in a few posts, but there was a period around the 1984 election where I had crippling bouts of nuclear war anxiety.

    It eventually passed but the fascination remained, and manifests as a recurring theme for AT (and one of the reasons I picked that name for the site).

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