David Hadju interview on “The Ten-Cent Plague”
On the Media talks to author David Hadju about his book “The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic Book Scare and How it Changed America.”
There were very few things in the 1940s and 1950s that were produced, marketed and priced specifically for young people to buy. And a great many comic book artists in the 1930s and ’40s were kids themselves, just in their teens or maybe their early ’20s. If they’re not young people, a great many of them were outsiders of other sorts.
A great, great many of them were members of minority groups – Jews, Italians, Asian-Americans – African-Americans, many more than people realize – and a great many women. They thought of comics as a place where they were welcome, and in comic books they expressed their pride in their outsider status. And comics were free and wild. Anything did go in comics, and they went too far.
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