The most extreme form of escapism is found in situations where it seems to be needed most. I often contemplate over war pictures which show people immersed in books or comics and I wish they had the relief they needed so much; even it may have been only for a short time.
This Photo was taken after the Nazi Air Raid over Great Britain 1940 – the young man reading a book found in the ruins of the completely wrecked bookshop seems not to be aware of the chaos around him, at least not in the time he is reading.
This picture was taken at the time of the Vietnam War – a soldier of a platoon reads a comic in a (probably much needed) break. The US Army provided their soldiers mostly with war comics – which seems totally bizarre, but maybe the troopers found comfort in the virtual battles of Captain America and Bucky (because they won all the time).