Friday, August 27, 2010

Hey Kids, Juvenile Delinquency!

This is a mailer being sent around by prospective Democratic Nancy King, who is running for State Senator in Maryland. I think it pretty much speaks for itself.

Its simply amazing to me that, in 2010 for Rao's Sake, we still have people demagoging comic books, as if they the pave the road to juvenile delinquency. Look at that--a kid reading Superman! Horrors!

I discovered this on the website of artist Dean Trippe, who wrote an eloquent response to Ms. King. I don't think it will make her change her views, but you never know...

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Hey Kids, Howling Commandos! - 1973

I found this photo (which is a close-up so we can better see the comic) online as part of a Life magazine photo essay called "In Praise of Classic Comics." Check it out, there's some amazing stuff on display.

The comic in question is Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos #98, first on sale in February 1972. This photo was taken on the streets of Vietnam in 1973--I can only imagine what American war comics must have read like to a child at that time, in that place.