Aftermath: U.S.A. #14


Original Caption:

New York -- Charles F. Murphy, the literary "clean up" man for an association of 28 Comic Book publishers, appears serious as he holds a press conference in his New York office. He sits before a huge illustration designed to show how the Comics Magazine Association of America has applied self-censorship after several attacks against the entire industry for allegedly promoting Juvenile Delinquency. He said that much of what might be considered objectionable material has been eliminated. Murphy told newsmen that his office has ordered changes in 5,656 drawings, rejected 126 Comic stories as unsuitable and barred six proposed advertisements, including one for a bull whip and another for a zip gun. A good part of his work is "educating artists to reduce feminine curves and to dress the girls more warmly," he said. (1954)

2 comments:

Surreality said...

I hope I'm not the only one seeing self-censorship as more ominous than the crone on the "before" panel...

justjack said...

And so EC comics got out of the Tales of the Crypt biz, and Mad Magazine soon flourished.