It might surprise some people that comic books from the Golden Age (1950’s) weren’t all about super heroes. In fact, about 20 percent of these comic books were devoted to horror and crime stories that ended up inspiring some panic and paranoia among the population.
“The Horror The Horror: Comic Books The Government Didn’t Want You To Reads” goes into deep detail about how the Comic Book Authority came to be. When I first picked up this book, I expect it to be filled with horror comics long lost to time. Although, some long lost gems were resurrected, this book primarily focused on the Comics Code. The Comics Code didn’t have any legal authority, however the organization was widely accepted. Hence, publishers started to self censor themselves so that news stands would sell their books.
Before each topic, Jim Trombetta explains what each subject was like back then. For instance, one of the topics was labeled “The Hunger”. In this section Trombetta goes into great details about ghouls and vampires. His explanations are actually quite entertaining and fun to read. Furthermore, this book has some incredible art, and well chosen stories. I found my self steering at the full page scans that were included in this book, but more importantly I think that this book to leave on a coffee table for guest to read.
The bottom line is that this was a fun read, and I recommend that all comic book fans give this book a read. After all if you are a comic book fan you should know the history of the industry that you love. As a added bonus, there’s a DVD included with this book of a 1950’s news broadcast that shows how paranoid there were back then. The Horror The Horror is hands down a great book that out lines a historic period in comic books.
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