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Not long ago, I attended an exhibit featuring the work of comic book artists from the 40s, 50s and 60s. Not knowing a whole lot about comic books, I found myself awestruck at the wall-sized prints depicting Captain America beating down a gaggle of Nazi soldiers. Captain America first appeared in 1941 by Timely Comics (who would later become what we now know as Marvel)  as an over-the-top tool of propaganda. In fact, in that very issue, you will find Captain America socking der Fuhrer right in the kisser.
Of course, comic book artists weren’t the only folks using their medium as an exploitative platform. Disney famously made Der Fuehrer’s Face in 1942, an anti-Nazi propaganda film starring Donald Duck which won an Oscar [and which you can watch on Network Awesome - ed.]  Still, not everyone could afford a trip to the theater and not every household owned a television. Comic books, for that reason, had a somewhat larger pull than the more advanced mediums of the time. And even more, they knew exactly who they were reaching out to: the future of America. Future soldiers. Future leaders. The young men who would want to suit up for the red, white and blue were the ones holding those thin pages, staining their fingers black.
You shouldn’t read this essay if you haven’t seen the ending of Sleepaway Camp, because you can’t talk about Sleepaway Camp without talking about its ending. In a lot of ways, the movie as a whole is pretty formulaic, taking advantage of all the horror tropes: Horny teens unleash their hormones at a summer camp. Someone gets bullied, and someone gets revenge on his or her behalf. All the most sexually active or aggressive characters, who also happen to be the bullies, are brutally murdered.
None of those things contributed to why Sleepaway Camp so notorious within horror-purist circles. But the movie isn’t popular because it’s any good. It’s popular because the last two minutes of the film are so bat-shit crazy...
Susan Cohen decided to leave her career in journalism to go back to school — for journalism. She's still not sure if she made a mistake. Visit susanjcohen.com to learn more about her.
Moebius would never direct a film himself (the closest being a collaboration with Fantastic Planet helm René Laloux, which was entitled Time Masters). Still, his presence in film, if not all incarnations of genre, is important, if not irreplaceable. Directly, he influenced...