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A History of Censorship, Halloween Edition — My Ears Could Hear the War but the Censors Wouldn’t Let Me Read It

October 31, 2012
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A History of Censorship, Halloween Edition — My Ears Could Hear the War but the Censors Wouldn’t Let Me Read It

On October 30, 1938, Americans believed that Martians had invaded the planet Earth because of realistic broadcast produced by Orson Welles’s Mercury Theater of the Mind. And while that broadcast created havoc and disarray, it was still considered protected free speech by the FCC. Years later, comics would not be given the same consideration. It’s…

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Tales From the Code: Whatever Happened to the Amazing Amazon–Wonder Woman Bound by Censorship

October 29, 2012
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Tales From the Code: Whatever Happened to the Amazing Amazon–Wonder Woman Bound by Censorship

The Comics Authority changed the face of comics forever.  People are aware how horror comics were virtually abolished, romance comics were toned down, and jungle princesses forced to fade into the background, but they may be unaware how the CCA affected the mainstream superheroes of the time.  I have previously written about how Superman was already…

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A History of Censorship, NYCC Edition — CBLDF Defends Manga

October 22, 2012
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A History of Censorship, NYCC Edition — CBLDF Defends Manga

Manga is changing the world, with an expanding culture of fandom across the globe. While growing in popularity, the medium is also one of the most misunderstood, leading to criminal prosecutions in the United States, Canada, Japan, and elsewhere. On October 14, CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein presented “Defending Manga,” a NYCC panel that presented…

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The Incredible True Story of Joe Shuster’s NIGHTS OF HORROR

October 3, 2012
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The Incredible True Story of Joe Shuster’s NIGHTS OF HORROR

In 1938, Superman took flight from the drawing board of a teenage boy named Joe Shuster into the pages of Action Comics. However, by 1954 Joe had fallen on hard times: He was no longer drawing Superman; he had lost a lawsuit to get his creation back; and his latest book, Funny Man, was a…

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The Amazing Adventure of The Man of Steel and the Psychiatric Censor — Superman vs. Doctor Wertham

September 19, 2012
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The Amazing Adventure of The Man of Steel and the Psychiatric Censor — Superman vs. Doctor Wertham

There are a few things in life that everyone should know: Look both ways before crossing the street. Always eat your vegetables. If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all. But, most important of this sage wisdom, is that you should never ever tug on Superman’s cape. In the 1950s, Fredrick…

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Tales from the Code: How Much Did Things Change After the Enactment of the Comics Code of 1954?

August 23, 2012
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Tales from the Code: How Much Did Things Change After the Enactment of the Comics Code of 1954?

The year was 1954. An unknown group named Bill Haley and the Comets records “Rock Around the Clock.” President Eisenhower informs and warns concerned Americans about the falling domino principle of communism as tensions rise in a little-known country named Vietnam. The Lone Ranger ends its 21-year radio run with Episode 2,956 just as the…

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The Sordid Tale of The Lone Avenger’s Rise to Infamy

August 2, 2012
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The Sordid Tale of The Lone Avenger’s Rise to Infamy

In examining the history of comic book censorship, sometimes it is difficult for people to separate the creator from the creation. A clear example of this is the sad tale of Australian comic creator Len Lawson and his creation, The Lone Avenger. Some commentators speculate that Lawson’s The Lone Avenger was probably as popular as…

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Tales from the Code: Spidey Fights Drugs and the Comics Code Authority

July 18, 2012
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Tales from the Code: Spidey Fights Drugs and the Comics Code Authority

Heroes Con in Charlotte, North Carolina, went down a few weeks ago. Unlike other larger conventions, which have expanded to become focused more on pop culture like television, movies and video games, Heroes Con is still a good old fashioned comic show and feels more like a family reunion. This year’s convention was special because…

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A History of Censorship: Richard Felton Outcalt and The Yellow Kid

July 4, 2012
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A History of Censorship: Richard Felton Outcalt and The Yellow Kid

Many people know about the great comic book scare in the late ’40s and early ’50s. You know the one that started with individuals like Dr. Fredric Wertham and Senator Robert C. Hendrickson and ended with the creation of the now defunct Comics Code Authority. But what many people aren’t aware of is that comics…

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Remembering Ray Bradbury: Author, Dreamer, and Champion of Free Speech

June 25, 2012
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Remembering Ray Bradbury: Author, Dreamer, and Champion of Free Speech

In losing Ray Bradbury, we lost not only a great author and spirit, but a man dedicated to the preservation of creative expression. In remembering Bradbury's contribution to speculative fiction, CBLDF blogger Joe Sergi takes a moment to talk about the time he met Bradbury at SDCC and to share the anti-censorship legacy Bradbury left…

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