Robot 6

Robot 666 | Your video of the day: The Horror! The Horror!

This has to be the book title of the year: The Horror! The Horror! Comic Books the Government Didn’t Want You to Read! The good folks at Abrams ComicArts have put together a pretty swell little trailer for this collection of pre-Comics Code horror and crime comics from the ’50s, edited and contextualized by Jim Trombetta with an introduction by Mr. Goosebumps himself, R.L. Stine. You can gather a couple of salient points from the video: 1) These things really were almost unbelievably lurid and gross, especially when you consider the relentlessly wholesome state of pop culture in general at the time; 2) Based on the video’s snippets from an anti-comic book TV report called Confidential File, which is included in its entirety on a DVD that comes with the book, men in suits took this stuff way too seriously back in the day.

News From Our Partners

Comments

2 Comments

I bought the book yesterday and it’s one great collection of comics!

The printing is quite nice, too — the colors are more natural than in archives/masterworks hardcovers.

I’ve only read the first 20 pages, but this may turn out to be my favorite book of the year…

Getting this awesome thing for sure. Will be great near my Gemstone EC Archives and Dark Horse Creepy – Eerie Archives.

Leave a Comment

 



Browse the Robot 6 Archives