My latest piece is up at THE COMICS JOURNAL's web site. You can read it here:
It begins like this:
In my prime EC Fan-Addict years, 1952-to-1954, during which I was ten, eleven and twelve, the Pulitzer Prize for fiction went to “The Caine Mutiny” (drek), “The Old Man and the Sea” (suitable for pre-publication in “Life”), and “None.” The Best Picture Oscar went to “An American in Paris” (drek, with dancing), “The Greatest Show on Earth” (drek), and “From Here to Eternity” (drek, Montgomery Cliff and Deborah Kerr notwithstanding.) And the most popular songs were Leroy Anderson’s “Blue Tango,” Percy Faith’s “Theme from ‘Moulin Rouge,’” and Kitty Kalen’s “Little Things Mean a Lot,” none of which have been publicly heard, outside of an elevator, in decades.
This is not to suggest that daring, mind-challenging works were not coming into existence. “Invisible Man,” “The Adventures of Augie March,” and “Junkie” were published. “Beat the Devil” and “The Wild One” were released. And Hank Williams, Big Mama Thornton, and Hank Ballard made their way up niche-market charts. But none of this was within immediate reach of the eyes, ears or grubby fingers of those of us at Henry C. Lea Elementary.
Is it any wonder EC Comics made an impression?
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Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, ACLU, PEN, Berkeley Emergency Food & Housing Project.