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Monday, January 28, 2008

"The Ten-Cent Plague"

I talked today with David Hadju, author of “The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America.” The book, set for release in March, is a fascinating and amazingly detailed look at the furor surrounding comics in the 1940s and ‘50s, including congressional hearings and book burnings. Until I read “The Ten-Cent Plague,” I never knew how intense and widespread the controversy was. Hadju said he was in the same boat at first. “I didn’t realize it had the heft and the meaning that it had until I really started digging in,” he said. Look for more on Hadju’s book in a future Comics Fan column.


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