Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story
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Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story (1957)
The sixteen page comic book is divided into three stories. All three stress non-violence, but each concentrates on a single subject:
Technology used by the Civil Rights movement is included. Mimeograph machines are used to print up numerous flyers informing the public about the boycott. For much of the 20th Century, mimeograph was the main technology that allowed ordinary people to create numerous copies of information. We also see loudspeakers used by Civil Rights orators, to address large crowds.
US comic books from the 1930's on stressed glamorous men in police uniforms. The same tradition is followed in "Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story", with the local cops portrayed in dressy uniforms. One rides a glamorized motorcycle. This can seem a bit odd, as the police are among the bad guys in this tale. However, it perhaps reflects the idealistic convictions of this tale, in which everyone is seen as ultimately redeemable, and a member of a future society that will be filled with brotherhood.