Friday, 19 July 2013
Comic Book Scare
So in the late 40s people started blaming comics for juvenile delinquency and had comic-book burnings across the country. Book burnings, and in less than a decade since the Nazis! People would bad mouth the art, the perverse stories, and try and ban them. Legislation would ban them, the post office refused delivery of anything that they felt was immoral. The artists and writers were ashamed of their profession and would often not admit to having anything to do with comics. This was a shameful time in our history, and David Hadju does a splendid job of finding sources and documents to tell this story of censorship. It is all the more amazing since there are not many books written on comic history, so I can imagine the amount of footwork Hadju had to make to create this book.