When William M. Gaines took over Entertaining Comics (EC) in 1947, the company was nothing special. That all changed three years later when Gaines and editor...
The Horror! The Horror! Comic Books the Government Didn't Want You to Read! The Horror! The Horror! uncovers a rare treasury of some of the most important and neglected stories in American literature—the pre-Code horror comics of the...
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clip from history channel piece on comic book history.
Confidential File: Horror Comic Books!
A report by Paul Coates. Produced by Jim Peck. Directed by Irvin Kershner. Aired October 9, 1955. A KTTV Production, Los Angeles, for Times-Mirror. In 1954 t...
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The Ten-Cent Plague:
The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America
By David Hajdu
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
434 pp., $26
In an age of video-game violence and the nearly-anything-goes Internet, it's instructive to read that once upon a time, not that long ago, Congress was concerned about what was widely viewed as a serious menace to American youth: comic books. David Hajdu's The Ten-Cent Plague is both cultural history and cautionary tale about censorship. It's a well-written, detailed look at how comic books became a phenomenon in the early 1950s and how authorities cracked down on the most popular form of entertainment in America. At the time, comics were selling more than 80 million copies a week. But unlike movies and the new TV industry, they were unregulated -- at least for a while. Their content was shifting from the noble exploits of superheroes to edgier and darker material: stories of crime, vice, lust and horror. Congress held televised hearings on what was described as the link between comics and juvenile delinquency. Bill Gaines, publisher of EC...