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How the Comics Code Erased LGBTQ Characters from Mainstream Comics

June 1, 2018
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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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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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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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Beyond Nazi-Punching: How Superhero Comics Grappled With Their Fascistic Roots

November 23, 2016
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Beyond Nazi-Punching: How Superhero Comics Grappled With Their Fascistic Roots

When the first draft of the self-imposed Comics Code was drawn up in 1954, virtually every clause directly addressed some point of criticism that had come up in that year’s Senate hearings, which probed for some causal link between comics and juvenile delinquency. Chief among the critics was Dr. Fredric Wertham, the self-appointed expert on…

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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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Tilley to Present at C2E2, Holy Cross College Arts Day

April 8, 2014
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Tilley to Present at C2E2, Holy Cross College Arts Day

Heads up! CBLDF fave Carol Tilley, the University of Illinois professor and researcher who last year proved that anti-comics crusader Fredric Wertham fabricated evidence for his 1954 book Seduction of the Innocent, has a couple of upcoming appearances that may interest our readers in the Great Lakes region. First, Tilley will be speaking this Friday,…

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First Salvos in the Culture Wars: Advancing American Art and the Comics Backlash

April 1, 2014
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First Salvos in the Culture Wars: Advancing American Art and the Comics Backlash

This week, we came across a very interesting art exhibit that recreates an exhibit that was censored in the late 1940s, around the same time that the backlash against comics was gathering steam in the U.S. Looking into the saga of Advancing American Art, the original exhibit organized by a cultural office within the federal…

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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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Happy Holidays from CBLDF!

December 25, 2013
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Happy Holidays from CBLDF!

Courtesy of CBLDF blogger Joe Sergi, our resident comics censorship historian, we’re delighted to offer this special treat for the holidays: “A Comics Carol,” a minicomic in which Messr. Fredric Wertham is visited by the Ghosts of Comics Past, Comics Present, and Comics Yet to Come! CBLDF thanks Joe and his creative team for this…

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