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10 Top CBLDF Stories of 2016

December 28, 2016
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10 Top CBLDF Stories of 2016

As 2016 comes to a close, we look back on our 10 most-read stories of the past year… Pearls Before Swine Strip Pulled for ISIS Reference On July 27, the award-winning syndicated strip published daily in more than 750 newspapers nationwide was abruptly pulled for its loose reference to ISIS. Creator Stephan Pastis made the announcement…

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Looking Back on Oklahoma’s War on Comics

October 27, 2016
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comic burning

With the conclusion of Wizard World Tulsa, local news outlet Tulsa World took a look back on the war Tulsa and neighboring Oklahoma cities waged against comics in the mid-1950s. From book swaps exchanging comics for perceived “higher literature” and independent review committees organized by local communities to fines for selling “objectionable” comics in retail stores, Oklahoma and its concerned citizens…

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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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Celebrating Denis Kitchen

September 2, 2016
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(c) Peter Poplaski

In 1986, Denis Kitchen helped defend the First Amendment rights of comic shops and creators who had become the targets of censors in an increasingly hostile consumer environment, laying the groundwork for what would become the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. Today, we’re taking a moment to celebrate the 70th birthday of the man who fought for the…

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A Brief History of Movie Censorship

August 12, 2016
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Film Approved

The 1950s may have saw the implementation of the Comics Code, which literally censored comics off the newsstand and all but destroyed the comics industry, but before that even some of the earliest forms of movie entertainment—the Nickelodeon and moveable theater—faced their own controversial censorship crusade. Once Upon a Screen looks back at the history…

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Jack Davis: The Man Who Revolutionized Comics Humor

August 4, 2016
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Jack Davis: The Man Who Revolutionized Comics Humor

Last week, we lost a true comics legend and luminary. Jack Davis is not only remembered as a founding member of MAD magazine and contributor to EC’s diverse line of comics, but also as a man who with his incredible knack for caricature and wit helped push the medium forward, and during a time when…

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The Humble History of The Adventures of Big Boy

June 24, 2016
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The Humble History of The Adventures of Big Boy

That hamburger-holding, chubby-cheeked cherub Bob’s Big Boy isn’t just a classic icon of the 1930s, selling burgers and seasonings across the United States. He is also the star of one of the longest running and most widely distributed comic book series in comics history, once published by none other than by Timely Comics (now Marvel)…

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One of the Largest Collections of EC Comics Art Comes to Oregon

May 19, 2016
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One of the Largest Collections of EC Comics Art Comes to Oregon

The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon in Eugene is celebrating the lasting legacy of EC Comics, both on and off the page, in a new exhibit called Aliens, Monsters, and Madmen: The Art of EC Comics. Featuring one of the largest collections of original comic art, attendees can get a glimpse at…

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She Changed Comics: Pre-Code & Golden Age

March 4, 2016
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She Changed Comics: Pre-Code & Golden Age

Happy Women’s History Month! All through March, we’ll be celebrating women who changed free expression in comics. Check back here every week for biographical snippets on female creators who have pushed the boundaries of the format and/or seen their work challenged or banned. Barbara Hall Isabelle Daniel Hall, who later worked under the name Barbara,…

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Comics Collector Donates Rare “Canadian Whites” to University

November 18, 2015
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Eddy Smet

From Nelvana of the Northern Lights, a female crime-buster who predates Wonder Woman, to a Nazi-fighting man from the sea called Iron Man, Canada’s comics history is rich, vibrant, and has a flavor wholly its own. Former award-winning math professor and comic shop owner Eddy Smet celebrates his home country’s comics heritage by continuing the…

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