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The Horror! the Horror!: Comic Books the Government Didn't Want You to Read! [With DVD]


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ISBN13: 9780810955950
ISBN10: 0810955954
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The Horror! The Horror! uncovers a rare treasury of some of the most important and neglected stories in American literature—the pre-Code horror comics of the 1950s. These outrageous comic book images, censored by Congress in an infamous televised U.S. Senate subcommittee investigating juvenile delinquency in 1954, have rarely been seen since they were first published—and are revealed once again in all of their eye-popping glory. Jim Trombetta, in his commentary and informative text, provides a detailed history and context for these stories and their creators, spinning a tale of horror and government censorship as scary as the stories themselves.

Bonus DVD--Confidential File, a rare 25-minute TV show that first aired on October 9, 1955, about the "evils" of comic books and their effect on juvenile delinquency is included with the book. 

Please note that the enclosed DVD begins with a 58-second test pattern, followed by the tv show. 

Praise for The Horror! The Horror!:

"In addition to offering a generous helping of controversial comics . . . Trombetta's book provides insightful history." 

-New York Times Book Review


About the Author

Jim Trombetta has been a Shakespearean scholar, a reporter and editor for Crawdaddy, the Los Angeles Times, and other publications, and a writer of numerous TV shows, including Miami Vice, The Flash, and Star Trek. He lives in Los Angeles.


R. L. Stine is the bestselling author of hundreds of horror novels, including the Goosebumps and Fear Street series.

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crowyhead, July 29, 2011 (view all comments by crowyhead)
This was a little bit disappointing, in that it was sort of neither fish nor fowl; it seems a bit like the author both wanted to release a big fancy collection of horror comics, and also write an historical, critical book about them, and the end result is that this book is a mediocre example of both. If you just want to see the horror comics, you will be a bit disappointed, as many of the stories are only alluded to or not reproduced in full; each chapter averages most of one story, along with a lot of covers and a few single pages or frames from other stories. Additionally, if you're looking for in-depth critical discussion of the role horror comics played, or a detailed history of their censorship, you will also be disappointed.

This is still an entertaining book, however, and the paper quality is great -- I doubt the comics have looked this good since they were first printed. It made me want to see out more information about the Comics Code, and find more horror comic reprints.
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Comic Books the Government Didn't Want You To Read (with DVD)
Trombetta, Jim
Hill, John
R.L., Stine
Mora, Gilles
Stine, R.L.
Harry N. Abrams
United states
Individual Photographers - General
Censorship -- United States.
Horror comic books, strips, etc
Graphic Novels-Nonfiction
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Trade Paper
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300 full-color illustrations
10.75 x 7.75 in

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