Friday, April 19, 2013

Reading Room: SUSPENSE "Raving Maniac"

People blaming pop culture for violence and evil in society is nothing new... seen in this 60-year old short story from Atlas' Suspense #29 (1953)!
Writer/editor Stan Lee is the model for the story's editor.
Though artist Joe Maneely doesn't use Dr Fredric Wertham's likeness for the screaming loon, the character is clearly based on the impression the "good doctor" made on comics industry workers.
This was the final issue of the pre-Comics Code horror title.
When the similarly-named Tales of Suspense debuted a couple of years later, it was a Code-approved science-fiction/fantasy title until the arrival of superheroes Iron Man and Captain America.

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