Ten-Cent Plague

I just read The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic Book Scare and How it Changed America by David Hajdu which is about the censoring and near abolishment of comic books in 1940’s through 1950’s.

If you have any interest in comic books or pop culture history this is a great solid read. The writing does have a journalistic quality to it, yet some aspects are highly dramatic as the court of public opinion nearly shut the whole industry down.

There are also extensive interviews with the artists, writers and publishers of these books. I plan to start checking out some of the old EC Horror and Crime comics (luckily some have been reprinted and collected in book form) after reading about the passion and excitement they have for the medium of comics. The cover art I’ve featured here was drawn by Jonny Craig who did many of EC’s covers.