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Golden Age of Comics





After World War II, comic-book readership dropped dramatically coinciding with the early coming of television. Interest in superheroes declined and many comic book publishers went out of business.

Other comic book publishers turned to stories featuring violence and horror. This trend resulted in a public outcry that reached a peak in 1954. In that year psychiatrist Frederic Wertham published Seduction of the Innocent, a book sharply critical of the comic book industry, and the U.S. Senate held hearings on Juvenile Delinquency (Comic Books).

To prevent government censorship, publishers were compelled to set up the Comics Code Authority (CCA), a self-regulating body with broad policing powers. The comic book code saved the industry from probable ruin, but it also stifled creativity in the field, discouraging artists and publishers from exploring new styles and genres.


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