Monday, May 12, 2008

Why comic books scared us so

Public Arts : Why comic books scared us so (2008-05-10):

"In his 1953 novel 'Fahrenheit 451,' named after the temperature at which paper catches on fire, Ray Bradbury painted a picture of a society beset by book-burning. In his vision, the censors didn't bother to throw comic books on the pyre because they just weren't worth worrying about.

Not so in mid-century America. For more than a decade, countless parents and teenagers made bonfires of comic books, reducing everyone from Captain Marvel to Archie to ashes."

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