Dr Cord Scott
Loyola University Chicago – history dept (adjunct)
Triton College (River Grove IL) – history dept (adjunct)
American Historical Ass’n
Postal Address: 212 S. Oak Park Ave., #111, Oak Park, IL 60302
Biography and Research Interests
I am an American historian with a concentration on war themed comics from World War II through OIF. My academic interests have mainly concentrated on Chicago history or cultural history of American society. I am currently an adjunct for several schools in the greater Chicago area. I am also working on research of Allied cartoon creators from World War II (as an example, the comparison of Will Eisner’s work in Army Motors as compared to Len Norris’ work on CAM for the Canadian Military in WWII). Most of my comics related material has focused on Captain America or the Punisher, in addition to the war themed comics of the last seventy years.
Research interests: Military history – specifically armed forces cartoons for the services, American culture
“Oh What a Web We Weave: Spiderman and the Punisher.” In Web-spinning Heroics: Critical Essays on the History and Meaning of Spider-man. Robert G. Weiner and Robert Moses Peaslee, eds. Jefferson, NC: McFarland Publishing. Forthcoming fall/winter 2012.
Entries for War and Military Themed Comics (vols 1-4); Captain America (vols. 1-3), Sgt Fury and his Howling Commandos (vol. 3), Punisher (vols., 3-4), Iraq Invasion (vo. 4), Pride of Baghdad (vol. 4) and biography of John Severin (vol. 3). In The Comics through Time encyclopaedia, M. Keith Booker, ed. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO Publishing. Forthcoming.
Entry for Sgt. Rock. In the Icons of the American Comic Book: From Captain America to Wonder Woman, Matthew J. Smith and Randy Duncan, eds. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO Publishing. Forthcoming.
Entries for Educational comics, Road to Perdition, Kings in Disguise and Last Day in Vietnam. In the Critical Survey of Graphic Novels, Bart Beaty and Stephen Weiner, eds. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press. Forthcoming, March 2012.
Dissertation. “Comics and Conflict: War and Patriotically Themed Comics in American Cultural History From World War II Through Operation Iraqi Freedom” Submitted to Loyola University Chicago. August 2011.
Entries for Blackhawk (pp. 60-61), Captain America (pp. 82-84), Civil War (pp.97-99), Sgt. Fury (pp. 565-567) and Yossel (pp. 715-716). In the Greenwood Encyclopaedia of Comics and Graphic Novels, M. Keith Booker, ed. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing; 2010.
“Frankly, Mac this police action is going too Damn far!”: Armed Forces Cartoons during the Korean Conflict. Electronic publication at http://188.8.131.52/korea/papers.htm.
“The Alpha and the Omega: A comparison of Captain America and the Punisher.” In Captain America and the Struggle of the Superhero: Critical Essays. Edited by Robert Weiner. Jefferson, NC: McFarland Press, 2009; 125-134.
“The Return of the War Comic: A Revival of military themes and Characters in Comic books.” In the International Journal of Comic Art vol. 10, #2 (Fall 2008), 649-659.
“Written in Red, White, and Blue: A comparison of Comic Book Propaganda from World War II and 9/11.” In the Journal of Popular Culture. Vol. 40, No. 2 (April, 2007), 325-343.
“The ‘Good’ Comics: Teaching History with Comic books.” in the International Journal of Comic Art, Vol. 8, #1 (Spring/Summer 2006), 546-561.
* – I also have several book reviews, and articles on the history of Chicago.
Conference Papers and Talks
Cartoon Command: Disney’s War cartoons. At the Pritzker Military Library (Chicago, IL). February 16, 2012.
Volunteer/pro bono consultant to “Dark Humor: cartoon illustration during World War II and the Korean War” Pritzker Military Library, Chicago IL. Feb. 10, 2012-August 2012.
“From HYDRA to Al Qaeda: Depictions of Terrorism in Comic Books.” Presented at the Re-Visioning Terrorism Conference: Purdue University (Lafayette, IN) September 8, 2011.
“Frankly, Mac, this ‘police action’ business is going too damn far!”: Armed forces cartoons in the Korean Conflict. Presented at the Korea War Conference: Commemorating the Sixtieth Anniversary. Victoria College (Victoria, TX) June 26, 2010.
“The battles of Herbie, Willie and Joe: the depiction of the Allied soldier in WWII through comic illustration” Presented at Seventy Years On: New Perspectives on the Second World War Conference: University of Calgary (Lake Louise, Alberta), September 1, 2009.
“The Animated Way of War: US government produced cartoons and comic books.” Presented at the Third Regional International Security and Internal Safety Conference: University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg, MS), February 21, 2009.
“Building the Perfect Superhero: Eugenics, Science, and America-themed superheroes.” Presented at the Northeast Modern Language Association Conference (Buffalo, NY) April 11, 2008.
“War comics and their perspectives on war”. Oak Park Public Library March 14, 2007.
“The Return of the War Comic” presented at the Great Lakes History Conference, Grand Rapids, Michigan, October 20, 2006.
“Wrapped in the Flag: Virulent patriotism and nationalism in comic books.” Presented at the APA/PCA national conference, Atlanta GA, April 12, 2006.
“The ‘Good’ Comics: Teaching History through comic Books.” Presented at the National Popular Culture Conference, San Diego, CA March 23 March, 2005