I'm not sure if someone's written this book, but I'll buy it if it exists (or I'll attempt it myself if anyone wants to offer me a nice advance). I want a history book written through the lens of cartoons. I mean, cartoons have represented--probably more than most news stories, history books, sociologists' attempts to re-write history books, and political memoirs--an incredibly honest glimpse into political and social history.
A chapter that I wrote for Musical Chairs, but did not include, reflected on one of my favorites from childhood, The Smurfs. I had done a little research, to check dates, etc... and was amused to find evidence of the Reagan War on Drugs in the 80s reflected in an episode in which Poet Smurf gets the entire town high (inadvertantly, of course) and it's up to Poppa Smurf to conduct a town-wide intervention.
Going back further in time, there's the horribly-offensive but potently-honest portrayals of racism in old Betty Boop cartoons. And finally, one of my favorites -----> a retelling, cautionary tale of WWII, through the eyes of Disney squirrels
OK, so if anyone has tackled this project, let me know when the book is out (or if there's one out there that I somehow missed?) and I'll buy it! What do you think? Would you be interested in such a book? If there's interest out there, maybe I'll write it myself.