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A Man Named Stevenson
1952 ONLY THE SECOND GIVEAWAY COMIC BOOK EVER USED IN A U.S. PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION “A MAN NAMED STEVENSON” This promotional giveaway was produced by Commercial Comics for ADLAI STEVENSON in the 1952 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION. Script by Malcolm Ater, Sr., Art by Jack Sparling, This was only the second comic book ever used in a national election (the first comic was by Commercial Comics for Harry Truman in 1948), and helped secure the comic book’s important place in defining the outcome of political elections at all levels—national, state and even local levels. The book opens with a little background on Adlai, including the fact that his grandfather was Vice-President for Grover Cleveland and his father was Secretary of State for Illinois. Adlai graduated from Princeton University and attended Harvard and Northwestern Law Schools. In 1948 he won the most LOPSIDED election in ILLINOIS HISTORY when he was elected Governor of that state. He quickly cleaned up the CORRUPT state, taking the State Police out of POLITICAL PATRONAGE and installing the MERIT system, closed illegal GAMBLING DIVES, cracked down on a cigarette TAX EVASION racket, and dealt swiftly when it was discovered a dozen food inspectors and their chief were allowing horse meat to be sold as beef! The book then goes on into Adlai’s beliefs about the COMMIES, saying, COMMUNISM ORGANIZES TERROR. It is without SPIRITUAL COMFORT. To offset such an EVIL, western civilization must awake again the DEFIANT FAITH of men to whom LIBERTY and JUSTICE are dear. And we learn about his goals as President, such as PROACTIVE TREATY ARRANGEMENTS, using PLAIN TALK and ILLINOIS HORSE SENSE for our Federal programs, holding taxes in check, trimming government FAT, having an adequate LABOR LAW, aid FARMERS, give better flood relief, expand rural electricity, and encourage better rural roads, and learning to WORK TOGETHER for economic stability, among others. In closing, Adlai tells us that “PEACE IS THE GREAT UNFINISHED BUSINESS of our generation and that I may be able to open the door to that GOLDEN AGE.” On the inside back cover, it lists the accomplishments of Senator JOHN J. SPARKMAN of ALABAMA, Adlai’s running mate for Vice-president and features his picture on the back cover. This slightly larger than 5” x 7” book is 20 pages long, including a 4-page slick cover.
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