The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

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)


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.