When comics were weird and progressive
May 16, 2014 3:56 AM Subscribe
These days, there’s a broad consensus that the Comics Code — which has been endlessly discussed and condemned by comics historians — was disastrous, and that it damaged comics. But nearly all of the critiques of the Code focus primarily on its dire consequences for white men’s artistic freedom, or the disservice done to readers in coddlingly denying them explicit sex and violence. What’s less discussed is the fact that independent women, and people of color, and all sorts of stories that didn’t fit with the compulsory patriotism and cop-worship of the 1950s, essentially vanished from comics for decades. This is a loss that comics are still wrangling with.Saladin Ahmed explains how censors killed the weird, experimental, progressive golden age Of comics
His Tumblr has more examples of the interesting and often suprisingly progressive comics of the thirties and forties, for example the forgotten pre-Wonder Woman superheroines.
Many of the comics Ahmed talks about have entered the public domain and can be downloaded legally from either the Digital Comic Museum (previously) and/or Comic Book Plus (both forks of the original goldenagecomics.co.uk project).
This thread has been archived and is closed to new comments