When The Wind Blows is a graphic novel by British artist Raymond Briggs that was published in 1982. I had a copy when I was 12, ‘n it really creeped me out, addin’ to my Cold War paranoia. The bumblin’ innocence of the two main characters contrasted by the bleakness of their situation is disturbin’ in a way that few works can capture, a masterpiece of anti-nuke art. It left me with a lingerin’ sense of dread that I still feel to this day. The animated version was made a few years later, a ying to the yang of his other work that was animated and was a hit a few years before, the feelgood film that became a Christmas classic, The Snowman.
Here’s a made-for-TV movie that helped fuel my nightmares as a kid.
My fellow Americans… While the extent of damage to our country is still uncertain, and shall probably remain so for sometime. Preliminary reports indicate that principal weapons impact points included military and industrial targets in most sectors of the United States. There is at the present time a ceasefire with the Soviet Union, which sustained damage equally catastrophic. Many of you listening to me today have suffered personal injury, sudden separation from loved ones, and the tragic loss of your families. I share your grief for I too have suffered personal loss. During this hour of sorrow, I wish to assure you that America has survived this terrible tribulation. There has been no surrender, no retreat from the principles of liberty and democracy for which the free world looks to us for leadership. We remain undaunted before all but Almighty God… (sound of transistor radio adjustment)…offer our prayers…(static)…government functioning under certain extraordinary emergency options. We are prepared to make every effort to coordinate relief and recovery programs at the state and local level. During the next two weeks, my staff and Cabinet will relocate to the National Emergency Re-Construction Headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa. At the present time, and until radiation pattern reports are made available over the Emergency Broadcast band or through your local authorities, I urge you to remain in areas offering maximum shelter protection from radioactive fallout and obey all local curfews. We are counting on you, you see—on your strength, your patience, your will and your courage to help rebuild this great nation of ours. God bless you all – Post-Atomic Strike Presidential Speech