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EC Comics

Race, Shock, and Social Protest

Qiana Whitted (author)

ISBN: 9780813566320

Publication Date: Mar 2019

Format: Hardback

Also available as: Paperback  

During its heyday in the early 1950s, EC Comics was an innovator in the so-called "preachies", socially conscious stories that challenged the conservatism of Eisenhower-era America. EC Comics examines a selection of these works and explores how they grappled with the civil rights struggle, antisemitism, and other forms of prejudice.
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Entertaining Comics Group (EC Comics) is perhaps best-known today for lurid horror comics like Tales from the Crypt and for a publication that long outlived the company's other titles, Mad magazine. But during its heyday in the early 1950s, EC was also an early innovator in another genre of comics: the so-called "preachies," socially conscious stories that boldly challenged the conservatism and conformity of Eisenhower-era America. 

EC Comics examines a selection of these works–sensationally-titled comics such as "Hate!," "The Guilty!," and "Judgment Day!"–and explores how they grappled with the civil rights struggle, antisemitism, and other forms of prejudice in America. Putting these socially aware stories into conversation with EC's better-known horror stories, Qiana Whitted discovers surprising similarities between their narrative, aesthetic, and marketing strategies. She also recounts the controversy that these stories inspired and the central role they played in congressional hearings about offensive content in comics. 

The first serious critical study of EC's social issues comics, this book will give readers a greater appreciation of their legacy. They not only served to inspire future comics creators, but also introduced a generation of young readers to provocative ideas and progressive ideals that pointed the way to a better America.
Illustrations 24 colour illustrations
Pages 164
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Mar 2019
Publisher Rutgers University Press
Series Comics Culture
Subject/s Literary studies: general   Media studies   Popular culture   Illustration & commercial art   Ethnic studies   Social discrimination  
Qiana Whitted is a professor of English and African American studies at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. She is the author of A God of Justice?: The Problem of Evil in 20th Century Black Literature.

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