GRAPHIC NOVELS

EC Comics: Race, Shock, and Social Protest

Rutgers Univ. (Comics Culture). Mar. 2019. 196p. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780813566313. pap. $29.95; ebk. ISBN 9780813573106. comics
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Long before diversity became a buzzword and rallying cry throughout publishing, the notorious EC Comics sneaked socially conscious stories about civil rights and justice for minorities into its 1950s sensationalist anthologies. In a series titled Shock SuspenStories, Weird Fantasy, and even Tales from the Crypt lurked plots about rebellious slaves, comeuppance for hateful neighbors, and a Black astronaut censuring a racist robot culture. Whitted (English, African American studies, Univ. of South Carolina), gives the inside story.

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