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The Ten-Cent Plague changed my life!
OK, that was an attention-getting headline but let me explain what I mean. I have been a card carrying comic book collector for over 32 years now without stopping. I have collected Marvel and DC superhero comics books such as Avengers, Daredevil, Captain America, Justice League, and Superman back to the 1960s. But I never knew much about the history of the golden age of comics from the 1940s and 1950s.
This book tells a great story about the creators of the golden age comics. Comic books were the main source of entertainment for kids back then before TV and a billion other forms of online streaming entertainment. A kid would buy a comic for just a dime and share it with all his friends. Stories were raw and uncensored and included genres of crime, horror, romance, westerns, and more.
But in the early 1950s several influential people began speaking out against comics. Comics were believed to cause juvenile delinquency. Horrible crimes such as murder and attacks on other children were blamed on ideas that they got from reading comics. Comics were collected a burned and kids were told to denounce comics because parents said comics were bad for them. The world and comic books changed.
As a comic book nerd I loved reading this book and I give it five out of five stars. Why, because it gave me a whole new appreciation for comic books and where they came from. There are several detailed accounts about comic book publishers such as Lev Gleason and his Crime Does Not Pay crime comics and the amazing EC Comics titles. I have now begun seeking out some of these golden age comics and find them a refreshingly new way of enjoying collecting and reading comics. Superhero comics and now movie and TV shows may be all the rave now but there was a world of comic book stories, publishers, and artists that created the true golden age of comics long, long, ago.