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Comics Code Authority

Geek Juice Radio – Episode 128
This week the hosts discuss the history of the Comics Code Authority
Featuring Alex Jowski, Charley McMullen and Josh Hadley

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Matthew Coats
Matthew Coats
Formerly known under the pseudonym of Alex Jowski. Site owner, movie aficionado, and film school grad. Matthew Coats presents reviews, some written, some as vlogs, and some as weekly shows, for a variety of different movies and television shows. After years of struggling to get his own projects off the ground amidst the normal routine of living, Matthew Coats decided to create a site in order to share and promote movie reviews, video games and much much more from talented and original people all across the internet.
  • Eric Noble
    May 22, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    William M. Gaines actually did try to make magazine versions of his other comics. They were dubbed “Picto-Fiction”. The titles were Shock Illustrated, Crime Illustrated, Terror Illustrated, and Confessions Illustrated. Unfortunately, EC was losing so much money at this point, most of the copies of these magazines were destroyed while sitting on the press. Only 100-200 copies of these magazines were saved. These were to be hand-bound to keep as files, and to give to artists or fans who asked for an issue.

  • Simon Beneteau
    May 22, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    In 1973, Wertham wrote a book entitled “The World of Fanzines,” which may have been the first serious study of self-produced fan publications. I haven’t read it, but from what I’ve heard, he was very positive and enthusiastic about zines. Interesting, and maybe that’s when he started having second thoughts about his anti-comic views.
    Great episode. Hopefully it encourages listeners to check out EC comics if they haven’t already.

  • Simon Beneteau
    May 22, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    Oh, another anecdote: Part of the reason the Code targeted Gaines so vehemently (even outlawing the word “weird” from titles!) was out of sheer lust for revenge. One of the head honchos in the CCA was the head of Archie comics, and had been bitterly offended by a parody that Gaines ran in an early issue of Mad (when it was a regular comic book) entitled “Starchie.”

  • Dan
    May 22, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    William Gaines got his revenge on the Code, in a way. One early article Mad did after it switched to a magazine format was about a psychologist criticizing baseball as bad for kids. The doctor’s name? Dr. Worthless.

  • Angelique_SP
    June 6, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    Hey, I was catching up on GJRadio Podcasts and had a question ….. You frequently reference ‘before/after Frank Miller lost his shit’; have you done a show specifically showcasing Miller’s work and addressing his ‘shit-losing’ (and perhaps why)? If not, might it make for an amusing topic ….?

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