THE HORROR! THE HORROR!

I recently grabbed a copy of the book ‘The Horror! The Horror!’ and have been completely devouring it. For those who don’t know, back in the 50’s there was a huge movement in the US to ban comics, focusing on horror and crime comics, which resulted in the creation of the Comics Code (which has thankfully now been dropped by most publishers). During the original witch-hunt a number of publishing houses and comic book titles completely disappeared, removed from the shelves of the local pharmacy/newsagency due to the belief that they were corrupting the minds of children. Many of these stories and covers have been unavailable since that time, but here they are, rising from the ashes in this wonderful 306 page collection.

It has everything, crime, horror, undead, evil communists (that made me chuckle in a big way) and so much more. To see this art that was for a long time lost to the world is a true joy. And to top it off they also include a DVD which features a documentary filmed in the 50’s that warns of the dangers that comic books present to children. Hilarious. And oddly enough, a portion of the doco was directed by Irvin Kirshner, the recently deceased director of The Empire Strikes Back.

Matt

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