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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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Tales From the Code: You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling

February 14, 2013
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Tales From the Code: You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling

It’s Valentine’s Day, so love is in the air. What better time to talk about the history of romance comics? After the war, when the sales of the superhero and crime comics began to wane, romance comics filled the gap. Soon, the market was filled with hundred of “love” titles. Of course, it didn’t take long for this…

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Tales From the Code: The Near Extinction of Sheena

January 25, 2013
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Tales From the Code: The Near Extinction of Sheena

The comic books of the Golden Age represented little more than escapism for millions of readers. And no one provided escape better than Sheena Queen of the Jungle, whose exotic adventures and good girl art titillated male readers and spawned an entire genre of Jungle Girls. However, Sheena, a hunter who defeated every challenge she faced…

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Tales From the Code: Welcome to Government Comics

December 14, 2012
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Tales From the Code: Welcome to Government Comics

Throughout history, state and federal governments have utilized popular culture to spread their message. Given the effectiveness and popularity of sequential art, it should be no surprise that comics would be enlisted into the cause. And much like Marvel’s merry mutants, comics protected a world that feared and hated them. This was apparent in 1954, when…

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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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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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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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