Monday, December 8, 2008

Irv Spector's Coogy: Comics Code Authority

Post-war America in the early 1950s. Child psychology became a hot topic when it shoved its foot in the door connecting comic books to juvenile deliquency. Best to nip it in the bud with the Comics Code Authority. The CCA was really about stamping out things like terror, horror, grisly scenes, scantily clad ladies and any blurred line between good and evil, and not intended for the funny animal comics my dad and others wrote and drew. I doubt the CCA cared when anthropomorphic animals gleefully found the most creative means to beat the crap out of each other and regularly destroy property, or that a good many of my dad's characters enjoyed a good smoke -- even then the tobacco lobby was probably larger than the ACLU. In any event, here's a Coogy from January 1954.

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