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How the Comics Code Erased LGBTQ Characters from Mainstream Comics

May 5, 2017
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How the Comics Code Erased LGBTQ Characters from Mainstream Comics

Fredric Wertham’s attack on comics in the early 1950s is probably most remembered today for his concern about over-the-top horror and violence from the likes of EC. But there was another aspect that preoccupied Wertham just as much: the potential for comics to “stimulate children to homosexual fantasies, of the nature of which they may…

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“Smut and Trash:” A Brief History of Comics Censorship in Germany

September 9, 2016
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“Smut and Trash:” A Brief History of Comics Censorship in Germany

The United States wasn’t the only country that harbored a crusade against comics this past century. Germany, too, has had its own sordid history with the medium, complete with public fears over an alleged increase in juvenile delinquency and subsequent censorship laws designed to curb youth consumption of what the Nazi party called during World…

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KEEP OUT! THIS MEANS YOU! Craig Yoe Celebrates Forbidden Comics

September 30, 2015
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Celebrated comics historian Craig Yoe is no stranger to comics censorship, and just in time for Banned Book Week and the new Forbidden Comics Humble Bundle, he took time to write about the dangerous comics of his youth, his own personal experiences with book burning, and the ridiculousness of the Comics Code and censorship in…

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SPRING INTO ACTION and Support Our Historical Resources!

May 14, 2015
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SPRING INTO ACTION and Support Our Historical Resources!

Did you know that every year CBLDF reaches thousands of people with our education and history programs? CBLDF needs your membership to continue our important programming! SPRING INTO ACTION and become a member of CBLDF today so we can do more work like this: The Comics Code Seal Naturally, much of our historical research touches on…

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Censorship 2013: Wertham Fabricated Evidence Against Comics

January 1, 2014
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Censorship 2013: Wertham Fabricated Evidence Against Comics

Early in 2013, a library sciences researcher at the University of Illinois proved what many of us already thought: Fredric Wertham, the child psychologist behind the anti-comics screed Seduction of the Innocent, fabricated much of his evidence against comics. The discovery brings to light how fallacious pseudoscience is often used by censors to attack comics,…

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Tales From the Code: The Christmas Panic

December 23, 2013
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Tales From the Code: The Christmas Panic

It was “The Night Before Christmas.” At least that was the name of the story in Panic #1, a 1953 release from MC Gaines’ EC Comics. This story not only stirred controversy and was banned in the state of Massachusetts, but it also led to the arrests of both Bill Gaines’ associate, Lyle Stuart, and his receptionist,…

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