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“Farewell to a Friend”: Paul Levitz on MAD Magazine’s Nick Meglin

June 4, 2018
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“Farewell to a Friend”: Paul Levitz on MAD Magazine’s Nick Meglin

Word is spreading of the sudden passing of Nick Meglin, an insufficiently celebrated but extraordinarily important influence on American culture and cartooning. Nick is close to the last survivor of the offices of E.C. Comics (hang in there, Marie and Angelo!) and one of the legendary Fleagle Gang of young creative turks that moved through…

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The Comics Code, Race, and the Debut of the Black Panther

May 18, 2018
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The Comics Code, Race, and the Debut of the Black Panther

by Brian M. Puaca The recent success of the Black Panther movie has prompted many viewers to delve into the history of the character and explore his origins in the Marvel Universe of the 1960s. As rightly noted in many media outlets, the Black Panther was the first black superhero to appear in mainstream comics.…

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CBLDF at the Library of Congress

April 16, 2018
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CBLDF at the Library of Congress

Last September, Charles Brownstein, Executive Director of CBLDF, was honored with an invitation to speak at the Library of Congress about the history of comics and the role of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund in protecting the intellectual freedom of American readers. The talk was part of an ongoing relationship the Library of Congress…

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A 1950s Critic’s Nuanced Take on E.C. Comics and Juvenile Readership

October 28, 2016
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A 1950s Critic’s Nuanced Take on E.C. Comics and Juvenile Readership

Looking back on the anti-comics crusade of the 1950s, it is perhaps too easy to fall back on stereotypes: dull, repressed suburbanites trying to force their children to conform and read only what they considered to be “quality literature.” But a classic essay featured from the archives of Commentary magazine paints a more complex picture of…

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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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CBLDF’s Charles Brownstein Examines Representation and Free Expression in Comics

July 8, 2016
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CBLDF’s Charles Brownstein Examines Representation and Free Expression in Comics

Earlier this year, CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein toured the exhibit Our Comics, Ourselves: Identity, Expression, and Representation in Comic Art at Brooklyn’s Interference Archive. The physical exhibit packed up in April, but it lives on as a Tumblr blog with a series of guest curators–and this week it’s Brownstein’s turn! In his posts this…

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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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Legends Revealed: Pre-Code Holiday Comics Policing Uncovered

December 31, 2014
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Panic #1

To celebrate the holiday season, Brian Cronin of Comic Book Resources counts down the top Christmas Comic Book Legends Revealed, revealing which are fact and which are fiction. Let’s take a look at a couple of our favorites… Was Carl Bark’s classic Christmas story “The Golden Christmas Tree” censored by Disney before going to press?…

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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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