Friday, December 09, 2011

Amazing Comics

Young Romance #1 (October 1947). Cover art by ...Image via WikipediaA break from cataloging. I enjoy comics and the Digital Comics Museum has given me access to a great collection of out-of-copyright works. I've been enjoying books by Walt Kelly, Jack Kirby, Will Eisner, Joe Kubert, Bob Powell, and many other outstanding sequential artists. I've also enjoyed reading the original Captain Marvel, Balckhawks, Crime Does Not Pay, early Archie stories in Pep Comics and other important titles. Along the way I've found a couple of eye-opening comic books.

The Challenger Comic from 1946 deals with race, pro-union, pro co-op, and still has a message for today sadly. The caracters in the stories are integrated, different colors work and play together. Something main stream media wouldn't depict for quite some time.

Another amazing old comic (1949) Young Romance # 60, deals with housing discrimination against Jews. This one is drawn by Jack Kirby, who was Jewish and so had personal experience with the attitudes in the story. Powerful stuff.

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