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That Mad magazine still exists is amazing.
I used caps because the underline function doesn't work. I did not say that the committee went specifically after MAD, though (a) they went after EC Comics, which was MAD's publisher
which is different from what you inferred before. which others have pointed out. so you were mistaken.
Exactly where did I "infer" (or imply, or state) that congress was targeting MAD? They were going after what they saw as gratuitous violence and sex in comics, and MAD's publisher was one of the targets, but not MAD per se. But it's also clear that given the sort of images that MAD comics were printing (see the links in #47), MAD itself was going to have to change or suffer the consequences---which is exactly what it did.
Yes, phred. You can't get any more cutting edge post-adolescent than that. It's at least twice as daring as The Family Circus.
7. Scenes of excessive violence shall be prohibited. Scenes of brutal torture, excessive and unnecessary knife and gun play, physical agony, gory and gruesome crime shall be eliminated.
Yeah, how could giving an artist like that 2760 pages over the course of 46 years ever tell us anything about a magazine's style of humor?
Gonfalon, you've been awesome in this thread. Thanks for your contributions.
One of the many things I learned after Seduction of the Innocent was published was the enormous power of the distributor. When SotI was first published I quickly received a very angry letter -- perhaps the angriest letter I ever received -- saying, "How could you sell a mutilated book!" I didn't even know what he was talking about. I hadn't even looked carefully at my own copy. You see, I had quite a bit of legal advice on SotI. The book was absolutely libel-proof. But apparently Mr. Rinehart, the publisher, was threatened by the distributors who said that Rinehart's books would be boycotted. As a compromise at the last moment and without my knowledge, he took out the bibliography.
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