a question by Oct 11, 2011
I just read the book "Holy Sh*t! The World's Weirdest Comic Books" by Paul Gravett and Peter Stanbury. I thought anyone with knowledge of the history of the underground comics and some of what was published before the comics code authority was implemented would not consider them so weird. Does anyone agree/disagree with that opinion?
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answered:    October 12, 2011
I read Stan Lee's autobiography and he explained how the comics code came about in the McCarthy era. It was being expoused that comics were corrupting young people and there was a big movement to get them banned (some of the Horror Comics were). The implementation of the comics code authority kept the genre from being forced out of business. Having seen the films Reefer Madness and The Notorious Betty Paige, it is laughable the stuff that those crazy senators tried to ban. Pretty tame stuff by today's standards.
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answered:    October 11, 2011
I have not read the book, but San Francisco was the heart of some of this weirdness. We still have a comics convention (APE - Alternative Press Expo) that celebrates that weirdness every October/November. I always thought Robert Crumb's stuff a bit off the wall!
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