Tuesday, 31 January 2012
Crime Does Not Pay!
I can't say that I've not been affected by a week of reading old Crime Does Not Pay stories from the Forties and early Fifties. It's not that I've found myself being swayed by any of the arguments used during the period by Frederic Wertham and his fellow crusaders for decency in their war against a supposedly child-corrupting plague of comic books. But put aside the specter of the children of the West being transformed by the likes of Crime Does Not Pay into criminals, sexual perverts, and imbeciles, and there's still a great deal in the comic's pages which can leave the modern-day reader feeling just a touch unsettled.
And that's what I'll be talking about in the fifth installment of The Year In Comics over at Sequart. I hope you might consider popping over and allowing yourself to be exposed to covers, panels and concepts which the moral majority of 60 years ago believed would rot the hearts and minds of their children.
This week's The Year In Comics can be found here.