Category: Comics Code Authority

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Positioning the Reader in “The Teacher from Mars” and “Judgement Day!”

Last post, I wrote about the ways that Eando Binder’s “The Teacher from Mars” serves as a commentary on racism and Jim Crow during the mid-twentieth century. Today, I want to look at Otto Binder, Al Feldstein, and Joe Orlando’s adaptation of the story for EC Comics’ Weird Science-Fantasy #24 and at Feldstein and Orlando’s “Judgement Day!” Specifically, I want to focus on some … Read More Positioning the Reader in “The Teacher from Mars” and “Judgement Day!”

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Reader Positioning in Al Feldstein’s “Reflection of Death”

Over the past few years, I have been reading more and more EC Comics’ stories, and each one I read highlights something new that I did not notice before. After reading Qiana Whitted’s EC Comics: Race, Shock & Social Protest, I went in search of a few of the stories that she examines, stories that I have not read before. Today, I want to … Read More Reader Positioning in Al Feldstein’s “Reflection of Death”

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Calling Out Racism in EC Comics’ “Shock SuspenStories”

Recently, I’ve started to read a good amount of 1950s era EC Comics. There, I came across the Shock SuspenStories (1952-January 1955). Shock SuspenStories was part of a larger group of books that EC’s Bill Gaines published throughout the era. The other series included Tales from the Crypt, The Vault of Horror, Weird Science, and Two-Fisted Tales. Each issue of Shock SuspenStories consisted of … Read More Calling Out Racism in EC Comics’ “Shock SuspenStories”